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: 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.

5 Fast Facts: Barbara Kruger

Posted: January 26, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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.

5 Fast Facts: Kirsten Justesen

Posted: July 22, 2020
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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Kirsten Justesen, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
A black-and-white self-portrait of a light-skinned older woman with shoulder-length blonde hair who lays on the middle shelf of a large wooden cabinent. She is in a relaxed fetal position; one hand props her head up and the other is draped over the shelf. Above her a collection of tiny statues are arranged by size, on the shelf below her are a tea pot and two boxes.

5 Fast Facts: Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau

Posted: July 8, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
Realistic painting depicts a light-skinned young man with dark curly hair, wearing a white tunic, set before distant mountains. He is kneeling victoriously atop a fearsome dead lion, clutching a serene lamb his right arm and gesturing heavenward with his left arm.

5 Fast Facts: Zanele Muholi

Posted: June 29, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Zanele Muholi, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
Two dark-skinned young women with short hair sit together against a white brick wall, their limbs lovingly intertwined and glowing smiles across their faces. One wears a white bra and shorts, and the other a white tank-top and blue shorts.

5 Fast Facts: Chakaia Booker

Posted: June 24, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Chakaia Booker, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
A large metal sculpture stands in the middle of the street, similar to an empty rectangular picture frame. The “frame” is crowded with undulating, coiling metal sculptural elements that occasionally end in spikes. Behind stand three vertical twisting, net-like metal sculptures.