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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.


MAY 26–SEP 03 2018

The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

In this exhibition, several of Georgia O’Keeffe’s most-loved and important artworks gives viewers an entry point into the work of a group of emerging artists who have been influenced by the artist’s most powerful themes.



The Life and Work of Mabel McKay

The Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry’s first-ever solo show dedicated to a Native American woman’s life and work, this exhibition celebrates Mabel McKay as a master basket weaver, traditional healer, environmental advocate, and teacher who shared her knowledge of Pomo traditions worldwide.


JUN 01–NOV 25 2018

Yto Barrada: Klaatu Barrada Nikto

Aspen Art Museum

Through film, photography, sculpture, and installation, artist Yto Barrada investigates the relationship between images and objects in their cultural and historical presentations by employing key aspects of museum exhibition practices, from the readymade to the vitrine.

District of Columbia

JUN 02–SEP 02 2018

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

The Phillips Collection

Marking the Infinite spotlights nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists. Broad in scope, the 60 works presented call the viewer to slow down and pay attention to the natural world.


JUN 08–SEP 29 2018

Liliana Porter: El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves

Pérez Art Museum Miami

El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves (2014/2017) is a large-scale installation by Argentine-born, New York-based artist Liliana Porter.The work presents numerous vignettes involving figures, toys, broken furniture, and other textured materials and objects.


APR 21–AUG 19 2018

Dancing on the Edge of the Abyss: Abstraction by African American Women Artists in The Cochran Collection

Columbus Museum 

This exhibition presents over two dozen rarely seen works on paper by 18 different women. Ranging from an intimate watercolor by Alma Thomas to the print Kyoto Positive/Negative by Howardena Pindell, the pieces in the exhibition bear witness to each of their maker’s singular imaginations.

JUN 30–SEP 23 2018

Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

Georgia Museum of Art

Spanning the late 1890s–early 1960s, Central to Their Lives looks at the complex challenges women artists confronted in the traditionally conservative American South during a period in which women’s social, cultural and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted.


APR 12–OCT 14 2018

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

Louisiana State University Museum of Art

Through two series of photographic and video works, Weems questions the stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Further, the images implicate these stereotypes in the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police and confront the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction.


JUN 08–OCT 06 2018

Dahlov Ipcar: A Life in the Arts

Bates College Museum of Art

This exhibition presents a wide array of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by one of Maine’s best-known artists, Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017). Drawn mainly from private collections, the works represent periods spanning the artist’s entire career and are being exhibited publicly for the first time.


Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye

The Clark Art Institute

Jennifer Steinkamp is a Los Angeles-based media and installation artist who digitally animates natural and abstract forms. This exhibition is the Clark’s inaugural video installation, featuring six of the artist’s most immersive projections.


JUL 05–AUG 30 2018

The Uncommon Place of What is Left Behind by Leah Gose

Lansing Art Gallery

In this series, Gose investigates the clarity of memory by exploring vacant and neglected urban interior spaces through fragmentation and reassembly. Torn images serve to reconstruct the past through place and ignite the viewer’s sense of recognition and memory.


JUL 19–OCT 28 2018

Beth Dow: The Valley

Minneapolis Institute of Art

In The Valley, large, dark photographic landscapes confine viewers and challenge their fears, asking them to confront what they think they understand.


MAY 11–AUG 19 2018

Amy Sherald

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Amy Sherald paints staged narratives and constructed identities, creating portraits of African Americans—most of whom she meets during the course of her day. She deftly represents the features of each sitter with the masterful draughtsmanship of American realism.


JUN 02–SEP 09 2018

Arlene Shechet

Joslyn Art Museum

Shechet’s whimsical, mixed-media sculptures question the boundaries of decorative arts by resisting conventional techniques for working with ceramics. These unusual pairings reflect Shechet’s interest in conflating sculpture and base and provide the opportunity to explore surface texture, shape, and color.


MAR 19–DEC 31 2018

Maya Lin: Pin River—Tahoe Watershed

Nevada Museum of Art

Pin River—Tahoe Watershed (2012) is a large-scale wall installation made from thousands of straight pins that communicate how rivers and lakes consist of many thousands of individual incidents of rain and snow, flood and drought, pools and waterfalls, bays and inlets.

New York 

JUN 08–NOV 25 2018

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light

Whitney Museum of American Art

Mary Corse’s first solo museum survey is a long overdue examination of this singular artist’s career. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement.


JUN 22–SEP 16 2018

The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Using light and dark as her primary medium and telling stories in shadows, Iranian-born and U.S.-raised artist Afruz Amighi creates sculptures made of industrial materials commonly found on urban construction sites.


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