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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.
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APR 22–JUL 15 2018
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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.
FEB 02–JUN 17 2018
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.
JAN 09–MAR 31 2018
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
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.
FEB 02–APR 29 2018
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 25–JUL 29 2018
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.