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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.

Tatter, Bristle, and Mend Reading List

Posted: April 27, 2021
Category: Library And Research Center
Curious about the context that informs Sonya Clark’s art? NMWA’s Library and Research Center selected works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for further reading, drawing on Clark’s own book collection.
A paperback copy of Ralph Ellison's novel 'Invisible Man' sits on a white surface. The book features black text and short, green, vertical lines on a white background. Atop the book is a book-like shape comprising black beads.

Director’s Desk: Editing for Equity

Posted: March 4, 2021
Category: Library And Research Center
Join us for our next Wikipedia Edit-a-thon this Saturday, March 6, when we will improve or create entries for women artists of African descent whose work is in NMWA’s collection.
A woman with ombré dreadlocks sits at a table working on her laptop. Two other women are doing the same thing at different tables directly behind and in front of the woman.

Hit the Books with NMWA: Women, Arts, and Social Change

Posted: December 7, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
In advance of NMWA's inaugural book club discussion this month, check out this series of genre-based reading lists inspired by the museum's mission to champion women artists. This week: books...
A dark-skinned woman with short cropped hair speaks into a microphone at a podium. Behind her a banner reads "National Museum of Women in the Arts." She wears a colorful abstract print blouse.

Hit the Books with NMWA: Fiction

Posted: November 16, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
In advance of NMWA's inaugural book club discussion in December, check out this series of genre-based reading lists inspired by the museum's mission to champion women artists. This week: fiction.
Eerie figures walk, float, swim and stand in a pastoral landscape. A grey house sits next to a small body of water, the lawn decorated with small shrubs and trees. A pair, one dressed and one nude, pet a stripped animal as ghostly figures move through the foreground.

Hit the Books with NMWA: Young Adult Fiction

Posted: October 26, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
In advance of NMWA's inaugural book club discussion in December, check out this series of genre-based reading lists inspired by the museum's mission to champion women artists. This week: young...
A black-and-white double-page spread of comics that depicts what various people are doing throughout the span of an evening. The people are all light-skinned and performing different activities such as smoking, yoga, reading, writing, barbecuing, and eating.

Now Open—Julie Chen: True to Life

Posted: October 12, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
Julie Chen creates elaborate books that ask readers to do more than simply turn pages. NMWA's new exhibition presents more than a dozen captivating works from the artist's 33-year career.
A close up photograph of an artist's book. Each layer of blue paper has an organic, irregular shape cut out of the middle so the layers form a tunnel. A line of text is printed in small type on each page, receding into the tunnel like an underwater cavern.

Hit the Books with NMWA: Nonfiction

Posted: October 1, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
In advance of NMWA's inaugural book club discussion in December, check out this series of genre-based reading lists inspired by the museum's mission to champion women artists. This week: nonfiction.
Three soft-colored paintings of prominent women artists—Kara Walker, Alice Neel, and Ana Mendieta (left to right)—against backgrounds of colorful shapes. Walker has medium-dark skin and dark hair; Neel has light skin and short, brown hair; and Mendieta had light skin and long, dark hair.

Opposites Attract: Linda Nochlin and Joan Mitchell

Posted: September 28, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
The close friendship between art historian, critic, and curator Linda Nochlin and painter Joan Mitchell may have thrived in part because Nochlin’s analytic ice proved a valuable counterpoint to Mitchell’s...
Close-up detail of an abstract painting with very thick and gestural brushstrokes of mostly orange paint.

Hit the Books with NMWA: Graphic Novels

Posted: August 26, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
In advance of NMWA's inaugural book club discussion in December, check out this series of genre-based reading lists inspired by the museum's mission to champion women artists. First up: graphic...

Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She

Posted: June 8, 2020
Category: Library And Research Center
Much of the way historians study art today can be traced to the contributions of Linda Nochlin, a scholar, critic, and curator who, beginning in the 1960s, tore through traditional...