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View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

5 Fast Facts: Sonya Clark

Posted: May 10, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about textile artist Sonya Clark, whose midcareer survey is on view at NMWA through June 27.
U.S. five-dollar bill has an embroidered afro and sideburns stitched onto the portrait of Lincoln’s head. One-third of the afro protrudes beyond the top of the bill.

5 Fast Facts: Betsabeé Romero

Posted: May 4, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963), who created four site-specific sculptures for NMWA’s New York Avenue Sculpture Project.

5 Fast Facts: Berenice Abbott

Posted: April 21, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). NMWA’s collection includes 20 of Abbott’s photographs taken between 1925 and 1954.

5 Fast Facts: Yoko Ono

Posted: February 18, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Happy Birthday to Yoko Ono, who was born on this day in 1933! Impress your friends with five fast facts about the artist, whose work is part of NMWA's collection.
A black-and-white photograph of Yoko Ono in 1969, she wears her black hair long and sits in front of a window. The photo is cropped to her head and she smiles ever so slightly at the camera.

5 Fast Facts: Clementine Hunter

Posted: February 9, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about African American folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886 or 1887–1998), whose colorful works are in NMWA’s collection.
Rendered in a childlike style, the painting depicts a dark-skinned woman in a blue dress offering a bouquet of red flowers to a photograph of the artist affixed to canvas. The woman stands next to a tree surrounded by red flowers with blue sky and gray clouds above her.

5 Fast Facts: Lorna Simpson

Posted: February 1, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), whose work III (1994) is in NMWA’s collection.
A collage of pop star Rihanna wearing a black bra, skirt, and elaborate black feathered headdress overlaid atop a vintage photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge.

5 Fast Facts: Barbara Kruger

Posted: January 26, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Happy birthday to Barbara Kruger, who was born on this day in 1945! Impress your friends with five fast facts about the conceptual artist, whose work is part of NMWA's...
A black-and-white photo of a light-skinned woman sitting on a stool in an artist's studio, looking down at a large circular fabric/textile work. She holds a bottle of gesso and a paint brush.

5 Fast Facts: Delita Martin

Posted: October 19, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Delita Martin, whose work is featured in the online exhibition Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits.
A mixed-media work shows two seated figures facing each other; the first woman sits cross-legged staring confidently out at viewer while the second woman is masked and gazes elsewhere. In the background blue abstract shapes with two orange orbs fill the space between them.

5 Fast Facts: Ruth Bernhard

Posted: September 1, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about photographer Ruth Bernhard (1905–2006).
A black-and-white photo that is taken through a rain-spotted screen. Past the screen, the out-of-focus outline of a tree is visible, with a narrow trunk and many wayward branches that expand into a large canopy.

5 Fast Facts: Elizabeth Catlett

Posted: August 18, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
A black-and-white print of two dark-skinned individuals in profile, facing left. The person in the background is an older adult wearing a brimmed hat, and in the foreground and slightly to the right is a young child with coarse hair cut close to the head.