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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: Pipilotti Rist

Posted: June 21, 2021
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Happy Birthday to Pipilotti Rist, who was born on this day in 1962! Impress your friends with five fast facts about the Swiss video and installation artist, whose work is...
A light-skinned woman with a blonde and brown pixie cut sits atop a cement wall that overlooks Barcelona. She wears a dark and light pink cardigan and pants with checkered white lines over an orange turtleneck. She sits casually on the wall with one left folded under her and the other long, touching the ground. She smiles mischievously at the camera.

5 Fast Facts: Sonya Clark’s Materials

Posted: June 14, 2021
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about the materials that matter to Sonya Clark. For Clark, found objects hold history and convey context, thereby enriching the meaning of her...
A detail photograph of black pocket combs arranged into a gride of squares. In some squares, the teeth have been snipped so the background is white, in others select teeth are left creating fine black lines. Still in others squares, the majority of teeth have been left creating a predominately black background.

5 Fast Facts: Sarah Bernhardt

Posted: May 26, 2021
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about actor and artist Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923), whose sculpture Après la tempête (After the Storm) (ca. 1876) is in NMWA's collection.
A sepia-toned photograph of a light-skinned woman dressed opulently in a beaded and patterned gown and wearing a beaded, luxurious headpiece.

5 Fast Facts: Nikki S. Lee

Posted: May 17, 2021
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about contemporary multimedia artist Nikki S. Lee (b. 1970), whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
A light-skinned woman of Asian descent is dressed up in a fancy black dress, sitting at a table in a room with ornate yellow walls. Her hair is in an updo. She stares unsmiling at the camera, to her left is a male companion in a suit, thought he has been cut from the frame and all that shows his is arm and half is body.

5 Fast Facts: Sonya Clark

Posted: May 10, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.