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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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FEB 10–JUN 23 2019

Maryam Jafri: I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

This exhibition presents a new staging of Jafri’s Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (2014–15) which combines framed texts and “still life” product photography of unsuccessful food products from the private archives of anonymous food industry figures.


JAN 12–JUN 16 2019

Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is.

Aspen Art Museum

Using her exhibition history as a chronological tool to guide viewers through the space, that’s where the beauty is., will examine Kilgallen’s roots in the longstanding histories of printmaking, American and Non-Western folk history and folklore, and feminist strategies of representation.

District of Columbia

FEB 16–MAY 19 2019

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I am an Island)

The Phillips Collection

This exhibition features 65 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, and sculptural pieces, alongside illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera, that trace Sánchez’s artistic journey from her early days in Cuba to her visits to Europe and America, and finally her move to Puerto Rico.


OCT 12 2018–APR 07 2019

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman

Cummer Museum

This exhibition features nearly 80 works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, and is the first to reassess Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage’s contributions to art and cultural history in light of 21st-century attention to the concept of the artist-activist.


OCT 19 2018–FEB 17 2019

Tomma Abts

Art Institute Chicago

Since 1998, Abts has remained committed to producing acrylic and oil-on-canvas works, mainly in the same 19.8 x 15 inch portrait format. Abts’s works are powerfully magnetic—simultaneously muted and charged, offbeat and rich. This is her first solo museum exhibition in the United States in a decade.


OCT 19 2018–AUG 31 2019

Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain

New Orleans Museum of Art

This is the first solo museum presentation of Thompson’s experimental wood works in more than thirty years. Made during the artist’s self-imposed exile in Europe, Thompson’s wood pictures are only recently being rediscovered and presented in the United States.


OCT 10 2018–APR 07 2019

Ebony G. Patterson: ...for little whispers...

Baltimore Museum of Art

Patterson creates dazzling tapestries embellished with found and fabricated materials; this immersive installation features her work …and babies too… (2016)—a memorial to children killed in violent crimes.


JAN 19–MAY 12 2019

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is the first major East Coast presentation of Iturbide’s work, featuring approximately 125 photographs that span her five-decade-long career. Her photographs not only bear witness to Mexican society but express an intense personal and poetic lyricism about her native country.


JUL 18 2018–JUL 21 2019

Without Boundaries: Fiber Sculptures and Paintings by Women Artists

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Painting and fiber art—artwork made with woven or nonwoven natural or synthetic fibers—have traditionally been viewed as distinct genres. This installation questions that division with works from thirteen women artists.


SEP 07 2018–APR 06 2019

From Paint Brushes to Camera Lenses: Creative Women of the Great Plains

Great Plains Art Museum

Paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs from the permanent collection highlight the creative spirit of women artists. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Tonita Peña, Terry Evans, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Martha Pettigrew, and Anne Burkholder are just a few of the artists featured.


MAR 19 2018–DEC 31 2019

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

SEP 18 2018–MAR 31 2019

Jane and Louise Wilson: Stasi City

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stasi City (1997) is considered one of the most important works of video art of the last half century, advancing the medium to a newly theatrical and immersive experience. This four-channel video installation is a tour of the former headquarters of the East German secret police.


OCT 28 2018–MAR 31 2019

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Known for her large-scale sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities. This is the first in-depth exploration of her practice.


MAR 15–MAY 27 2019

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Frist Art Museum

Lange’s insightful and compassionate work has exerted a profound influence on the development of modern documentary photography. With hardship and human suffering as a consistent theme throughout her career, Lange created arresting portraits with the aim of sparking reform.


NOV 18 2018–FEB 24 2019

Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow

Dallas Museum of Art

Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe was recognized as a gifted artist during her life, but her efforts were overshadowed by those of her famous older sister, Georgia. This exhibition highlights Ida O'Keeffe’s rediscovered works that demonstrate an artistic identity that was distinct from that of her sibling.

National Museum of Women in the Arts