5 Fast Facts

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: Marie Laurencin

Posted: June 1, 2022
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Marie Laurencin (1883–1956), whose work is in NMWA’s collection.
A portrait of a young girl with a light skin tone who holds a ukulele. She wears a white dress with short sleeves, a colorful throw on her left arm, and a crown made out of leaves and red and green ribbons. She sits before a sage-colored wall with leaves and smiles.

5 Fast Facts: Lalla Essaydi

Posted: May 26, 2022
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Lalla Essaydi and her series Bullets and Bullets Revisited. Bullets Revisited #3 (2012) is part of NMWA’s collection.
A woman lying on her back gazes confidently out at viewer adorned and surrounded by polished bullet casings

5 Fast Facts: Betty Parsons and #5WomenArtists

Posted: February 17, 2022
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist and gallerist Betty Parsons and #5WomenArtists she championed, all of whom have work in NMWA’s collection.
A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned woman with short cropped hair leaning on a table with her left hand holding her chin. She looks off to the left, unsmiling.

5 Fast Facts: Käthe Kollwitz

Posted: January 19, 2022
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945). NMWA’s collection holds 16 of Kollwitz’s works, including three sculptures and 13 prints.
Black ink drawing on yellow-beige ground of the head and shoulders of an adult woman. She frowns, looks to her left, and holds her right hand up to her right temple. Her hair is pulled back and she wears a dark garment.

5 Fast Facts: Emmi Whitehorse

Posted: November 22, 2021
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November is National American Indian Heritage Month! Impress your friends with five fast facts about Navajo visual artist Emmi Whitehorse (b. 1957), whose works are part of NMWA’s collection.
Goldenrod yellow paint smudged across white paper in layers, creating different levels of opacity. Vertical red and black lines, and a few red and black shape outlines, mostly of tall ovals, are painted sporadically on the paper.

5 Fast Facts: Clara Peeters

Posted: November 17, 2021
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Clara Peeters (1594–after 1657), whose work is in NMWA’s collection.
Still life painting features a reddish ceramic colander with several types of fish. In the foreground, a cat stands alert next to shrimp and oyster shells on a gleaming pewter dish.

5 Fast Facts: Lynda Benglis

Posted: October 25, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Happy birthday to Lynda Benglis, who was born on this day in 1941! Impress your friends with five fast facts about the American sculptor and visual artist, whose works are...
A wall-mounted sculpture made of metal convincingly resembles an elaborate knot of twisted, rolled, and tied silver and copper fabrics. Pleated ends radiate at different angles from the tangled, coppery center and project out from the wall into the viewer’s space.

5 Fast Facts: Alma Woodsey Thomas

Posted: October 13, 2021
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978), whose works are part of NMWA’s collection.
Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turquoise, yellow, orange and red.The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.

5 Fast Facts: Beverly Buchanan

Posted: October 6, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Happy birthday to artist Beverly Buchanan, who was born on October 8, 1940! Impress your friends with five fast facts about Buchanan (1940–2015), whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
A colorful oil pastel work rendered in a basic, child-like style, depicting two square, red shacks with gray roofs and short, gray stilt bottoms sit atop a yellow ground and against a sky blue background.

5 Fast Facts: Ana Mendieta

Posted: September 8, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about multidisciplinary artist Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), whose work Volcán (1979) is part of NMWA’s collection.
A mound of dirt in a grassy area by water. In the center of the mound is a human-shaped recess full of gunpowder that has been set aflame, exploding up in fire and white smoke, making the dirt mound resemble an erupting volcano.