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Nmwa Exhibitions

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.

Behind the Scenes: RECLAMATION

Posted: April 28, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Melani N. Douglass, NMWA director of public programs, details her process curating the online exhibition Reclamation, which examines the power of food as creative medium and connector.
A black-and-white photograph of two women and two girls, all with medium-dark skin tones, together at a dining table set for dinner. A lamp hangs over the table and a mirror hangs on a wall behind them. The woman on the left is standing, while the other three sit at the table.

Reclamation: Q&A with Jenny Dorsey

Posted: April 19, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Chef, writer, and artist Jenny Dorsey talks with us about her process and work, part of NMWA's new online exhibition RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals.
A light-skinned woman of Asian descent stands behind a large, wooden kitchen table that is full of two white dishes of finely plated food and various small, plastic to-go dishes., alongside a small bronze French Press coffee maker. The woman smiles and wears a grey tshirt under a black and white vertical striped apron.

Forming a More Perfect Union

Posted: April 14, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Web designer Sue Anna Joe created the central magnolia motif on Mississippi’s new state flag, which recently replaced the original flag’s Confederate imagery. We asked Joe to consider Sonya Clark’s...
A photograph of two figures standing side by side, unraveling the threads of an American Confederate battle flag. The figure on the left has light skin, and the figure on the right has darker skin. They face away from the camera, with their hands in the center of the image pulling loose the threads.

A Closer Look—Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood

Posted: April 5, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Mark often took personal interest in those she met and photographed. Learn about the photographer's relationships with several of her subjects, who she portrayed with empathy, humor, and candor.
A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned girl submerged in a white bathtub. Only her head is visible above the soap suds, and her dark hair hangs over the side of the tub. The floor beneath the tub is tiled.

Women to Watch 2020: Joli Livaudais

Posted: March 31, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Learn about artist Joli Livaudais's process and work, which was featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series.
A light-skinned woman with short brown hair stands in front of a white wall to which paper beetles, sculpted out of photographs, are affixed. The woman holds a beetle in her open palm, while others are arranged atop her brown leather jacket. She smiles slightly at the camera while leaning against the wall.

Cover to Cover: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

Posted: March 22, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Published by NMWA, the fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend features new texts on Clark’s art by esteemed guest scholars and artists.
A close up photograph of braided black hair woven into cloth featuring colonial narrative scenes.

Women to Watch 2020: Luisa Pastor

Posted: March 10, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Learn about Spanish artist Luisa Pastor's process and work, which was featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series.
A beige rectangular work with fragments of small boxlike elements adhered together to create a textured surface.

Now Open—Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood

Posted: March 9, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Now on view through July 11, the exhibition explores the prolific documentary and portrait photographer's depictions of girls and young women from around the world.
A black and white photograph of three light skinned young girls wearing princess dresses and crowns standing in front of a person wearing a full Batman costume. The three girls stand in defiant poses with their hands on their hips and serious expressions. The background is a city setting.

Now Open—Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

Posted: March 3, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
This midcareer survey features approximately 100 of Clark's mixed-media works that probe identity and visibility, appraise the force of the African Diaspora, and redress history.
Two head caps made of small, blue glass beads rest on two black mannequin heads. The two caps are connected at the tops by a beaded chain. The left cap is made of darker blue beads and the right cap is made of lighter blue beads. The chain combines both shades.

Women to Watch 2020: Georgia Russell

Posted: March 1, 2021
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Learn about artist Georgia Russell's process and work, which was featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series.
A rectangular paper work in a plexiglass box that shows thousands of slashes through the work to create waves and shadows throughout the surface. The color shifts from purple at the top to blue to red at the bottom.