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A young boy looks at a ceramic sculpture in a case in a special exhibition at the museum
Photo credit: Yassine El Mansouri

Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.

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APR 22–JUL 15 2018

The Life and Art of Mary Petty

Huntsville Museum of Art

American illustrator Mary Petty is best known for satirizing the shortcomings of New York’s elite. This exhibition includes 30 original watercolors dating from the early 1940s through the mid-1960s, which became iconic New Yorker magazine covers.


FEB 02–APR 29 2018

A Luminous Line: Forty Years of Metalpoint Drawings By Susan Schwalb

Arkansas Art Center

Contemporary artist Susan Schwalb’s work has played a crucial role in reviving and redefining the ancient media of silverpoint and drawing with other metals. Schwalb has taken these traditional Renaissance media into the realm of abstraction, while retaining their beauty and serenity.


JAN 21–JUN 03 2018

The Feminine Sublime

Pasadena Museum of California Art

The Feminine Sublime presents a feminist counter-narrative to historical depictions of the sublime, generally reserved for men whose rationality and order were posed against nature, the imagination, or the female “other.”


FEB 01–JUL 21 2018

Millie Chen: Four Recollections

University of Colorado Art Museum

Millie Chen: Four Recollections features a new installation conceived during her artist-in-residence at CU Boulder alongside three large-scale drawing installations that address significant events of injustice and social unrest.


NOV 30 2017–APR 29 2018

NEW/NOW Francisca Benítez

New Britain Museum of American Art

Artist Francisca Benítez explores sign language in the context of poetry, music, dance, and visual art. The exhibition represents collaboration with the American School for the Deaf and the museum’s hearing and non-hearing community at large.

District of Columbia

MAR 04–MAY 28 2018

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

National Gallery of Art

A focused exploration on the continuing influence of the South on Sally Mann’s work through 125 photographs from the last 40 years, many of which have not been exhibited or published before.


JAN 25–APR 29 2018

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture

Norton Museum of Art

Best known as a founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney also had a significant career as a sculptor. Featuring approximately 45 sculptures and drawings, this is first exhibition of Whitney’s art since her death in 1942.


JAN 11–MAR 25 2018

Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975

Depaul Museum of Art

Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Her first solo museum exhibition features woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints.


FEB 13–MAY 26 2018

Water Stories by Lynn Benson

Kansas State University Beach Museum of Art

Benson’s multi-media works in this exhibition represent bodies of water impacted by development and politics. The works are inspired by an incident in 1969, when oil-covered debris floating on surface of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, burst into flames.


JAN 08—MAR 23 2018

Meadows Museum of Art Centenary College of Louisiana

Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam by Annemie Wolff

German-born Dutch photographer Annemie Wolff’s previously lost portraits, taken during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, help illuminate an untold story of Jewish life in Amsterdam during the Holocaust.


OCT 25 2017–MAR 18 2018

Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Baltimore Museum of Art

Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s work, Front Room, draws upon the artist’s experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States. The artist uses a technique of layering paint, fabric, and photographic transfers to energize the work and show the development of her identity.


DEC 16 2017–APR 01 2018

Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style

Peabody Essex Museum

The first exhibition to explore the personal style of one of America’s most iconic artists, Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style illuminates her unified modernist aesthetic and distinctive self-styling.


JAN 21–MAR 31 2018

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

Flint Institute of Art

Meaning “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages, Ubuhle Women showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 


FEB 15–MAY 19 2018

Miriam Schapiro: Anonymous Was a Woman

Missoula Art Museum

Miriam Schapiro’s prints celebrate women’s creativity and traditional art forms, critique the institutions that limit and trivialize women’s experiences, and promote a sense of identity, solidarity, and significance.

New Jersey

FEB 02–JUN 17 2018

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Montclair Art Museum

In her first major retrospective, Kay WalkingStick, a native of the Cherokee Nation, presents over 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, diptychs, and includes her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

New York 

JAN 09–MAR 31 2018

Baya: Woman of Algiers

Grey Art Gallery, New York University

This exhibition features the colorful depictions of women, rhythmic patterns, and bright palettes of self-taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine. The exhibition reexamines her career within contemporary, Surrealist, “outsider,” and Maghreb post-colonial art contexts.


JAN 28–APR 08 2018

Women of Vision: On Assignment with National Geographic Photographers

Allentown Art Museum

Highlighting the passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic, this exhibition features 11 women photojournalists who have captured some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the last decade.

South Carolina

FEB 02APR 29 2018

Seen & Unseen Photographs by Imogen Cunningham

Columbia Museum of Art

Photographer Imogen Cunningham documented the Beat movement of the 1950s and the countercultural revolution of the late 1960s. The exhibition features the artist’s work throughout this time up until her death in 1976.


MAR 25JUL 29 2018

Laura Owens

Dallas Museum of Art

Laura Owens’s bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships between avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.

National Museum of Women in the Arts