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

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MAY 14 2015–OCT 02 2016

New Work: Leonor Antunes

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Leonor Antunes’s site-specific installation at SFMOMA is one of the inaugural artworks installed at the newly reopened museum. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Antunes is a sculptor interested in memory, history, and materiality. Her recent work is influenced by the architecture of Greta Magnusson Grossman, and the artists Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, and Kay Sekimachi.


JUN 12 2016–SEP 25 2016

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Denver Art Museum

This groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate the often unknown female artists of the post-World War II art movement, Abstract Expressionism. From Elaine de Kooning to Helen Frankenthaler, this will be the first full-scale presentation of works by these 12 artists. De Kooning and Lee Krasner, both women who lived in the shadow of their husbands’ artistic success, will finally be placed in a context independent of their male counterparts.


MAY 01 2016–FEB 05 2017

Virginia Overton

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

This installation made for the Aldrich is inspired by its surroundings, including the museum and the natural landscape. Though minimalist in composition, Untitled (Suspended log), as pictured on the website, asks viewers to contemplate their environment. The exhibition consists of 13 site-specific installations in the Sculpture Garden and a video presented inside the galleries.


JUN 23 2016–OCT 02 2016

Mildred Thompson: Resonance, Selected Works from the 1990s

Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art

Mildred Thompson’s paintings focus on an exploration and expansion of abstraction. This exhibition features the artist’s vibrant work from the 1990s. As an African American woman born in Florida in 1936, Thompson sought refuge from racial discrimination by living in Europe for much of her life.


DEC 02 2015–OCT 30 2016

Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly: Water, Land, City

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Mariam Ghani collaborated with choreographer and performer Erin Ellen Kelly in this exhibition to produce three films created over 11 months. Their videos explore human interaction with the natural world and urban landscapes in a variety of locations across the world.


OCT 01 2016–JAN 15 2017

Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

After receiving her first camera in 1975, Maude Schuyler Clay began work on “The Mississippians,” a photography project dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron, a 19th-century artist known for her sepia-tinged portraits that foreshadowed Cindy Sherman and a selfie-crazed generation. A fifth generation Mississippian, Clay spent the next 25 years photographing her family and friends in her signature style, airy and drenched with light.


JUN 23 2016–SEP 18 2016

O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York

Portland Museum of Art

For the first time, Modernist artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr, and Marguerite Zorach will be presented side-by-side at the Portland Museum of Art. The artists shared an interest in exploration of modernism during a time when women struggled with gender identity in society as well as the art world. This exhibition asks viewers to consider the commonalities and divergences among their visual languages.


JUL 01 2016–OCT 16 2016

Liz Deschenes

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Liz Deschenes is a photographer and sculptor working in New England. Her non-traditional use of photography, such as creating a photograph without a camera, allows viewers to rethink the limits of the medium. For her first mid-career survey,The ICA/Boston presents 20 years of Deschenes’ photographic installations.


JAN 21 2016–DEC 31 2016

Guerrilla Girls

Walker Art Center

Since the 1980s, the gorilla mask-wearing feminist art collective has been raising a much-needed ruckus over gender and racial inequality in the art world. The Walker presents 88 posters created by the anonymous female artists between 1985 and 2012. In celebration of the Guerrilla Girls’ 30th anniversary, over 30 arts and cultural organizations in Minneapolis and surrounding cities collaborate with the collective for the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities, an eight-week period with more than 50 exhibitions, discussions, performances, and special events.

New Mexico

MAY 22 2016–SEP 11 2016

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West

The Harwood Museum of Art

Establishing an avant-garde arts landscape in Taos, early 20th-century patron Mabel Dodge Luhan encouraged prominent visual, literary, and performance artists to move to the Southwest. Featuring 150 works of art and ephemera from the “Paris West” modernists, the exhibition illuminates the region’s social and cultural aesthetics.

New York

JUL 14 2016–OCT 30 2016

Alma Thomas

Studio Museum Harlem

Washington, D.C. native Alma Thomas has a number of paintings exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Employing vibrant color, abstract composition, and carefully placed line, Thomas’s canvases are entirely unique. Though influenced by her contemporaries Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and Wassily Kandinsky, it is clear that Thomas developed her own unique style.


MAY 20 2016–OCT 24 2016

Alison Knowles

Carnegie Museum of Art

Making the mundane meaningful, poet and artist Alison Knowles uses objects outside traditional artistic media to create interactive works that engage visitors physically. Bean Garden is one such installation that asks visitors to step on dry beans with their feet. Beginning as a member of the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Knowles remains active in the contemporary arts today, including performing a number of works for the Obamas in 2011.


JUL 29 2016–NOV 06 2016

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Until recently, crafts were viewed as inferior to fine arts, in part due to their association with women’s work. This exhibition explores the pottery, jewelry, textile, and other craft-work made by students at the Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college. The objects represent the college’s contribution to the advancement of women by allowing them financial stability from the selling of their works.


MAR 05 2016–FEB 2017

Orly Genger: Hurlyburly

The Contemporary Austin

The Contemporary Austin has collaborated with the Waller Creek Conservancy to bring large-scale public installations to the Waller Creek parks. Hurlyburly, by American artist Orly Genger, is a giant, undulating sculpture composed of recycled lobster rope and shades of blue paint, imitating the movement of the nearby creek.


JUL 08 2016–NOV 27 2016

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

Bellevue Arts Museum

Kara Walker is known for her provocative and shocking silhouettes that deal with the horrific past and difficult present of blackness in the United States. Her work often encases various and intersecting themes of race, gender, sexuality, family, identity, and power. This exhibition consists of several works including prints, sculptures, a mural, and a video installation that confront America’s history, and in turn, its future.

International: Australia

MAY 28 2016–SEP 04 2016

Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Australian-born Tracey Moffatt is an influential contemporary photographer and video artist. On display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales are a handful of photographic series and individual works, including two videos. Laudanum (1998) and Plantation (1999) evoke fear and desire, while employing cinematic references.


JUN 10 2016–SEP 12 2016

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842)

National Gallery of Canada

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is perhaps most recognized as the self-taught portraitist of Queen Marie Antoinette. This exhibition features roughly 90 works by the French artist, including a number of self-portraits. Her story is indicative of her ability not only to create extraordinary paintings, but also to gain recognition as a woman artist during a time when men dominated the arts.

United Kingdom

JUL 06 2016–OCT 30 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe

Tate Modern

Widely recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, the Tate Modern features over 100 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe. This exhibition marks the first time in over 20 years that O’Keeffe works have been on display in the U.K., and audiences will have the opportunity to experience the breadth of her oeuvre beyond her most famous flower paintings.