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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: 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.

5 Fast Facts: Kirsten Justesen

Posted: July 22, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
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.

5 Fast Facts: Lola Álvarez Bravo

Posted: June 2, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Lola Álvarez Bravo, one of Mexico’s first women photographers.
Black-and-white photograph of a woman wearing a dark skirt and light blouse holding a child. The woman faces back and her dark braid reaches past her waist. The dark-haired child stares at the camera and wears a white embroidered dress. Other figures are slightly visible beyond.

5 Fast Facts: Graciela Iturbide

Posted: May 20, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Graciela Iturbide, revealing how her process and pictures shed new light on other photographs on view in the museum’s collection.
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

5 Fast Facts: Ruth Orkin

Posted: April 15, 2020
Category: 5 Fast Facts
Known for capturing the individual and collective human spirit, Ruth Orkin was particularly adept at picturing remarkable women at remarkable moments.
Ava Gardner, a woman with light skin tone and wavy, short brown hair, is shown from the shoulders up. She wears a jeweled necklace and is surrounded by lights and people at a party. She looks to the side of the camera at something out of frame with a fixed gaze and slight smile.
Artist Mickalene Thomas's vibrant works have established a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, race, and power, while centering queer identity.
An enamel portrait painting of a woman made with encrusted black rhinestones glued to shiny pink acrylic background.