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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.

Opening Friday: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

Posted: March 20, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
The Contour of Feeling marks the most ambitious von Rydingsvard exhibition to date in the United States and her first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. Featuring 26 sculptures, a wall...
A massive sculpture made of bare cedar slats and painted cedar hunks arranged vertically, flat against a gallery wall.

5 Fast Facts: Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses

Posted: March 13, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about painter Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860–1961), whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
Bucolic landscape rendered in a naive, folk-style of painting. The horizontal composition features a patchwork of yellow and green fields on rolling hills set against a blue-gray sky. In the foreground study farm buildings surround small figures tending to the land.

5 Fast Facts: Magdalena Abakanowicz

Posted: March 6, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
As part of NMWA’s #5WomenArtists campaign, impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
Ten larger-than-life bronze sculptures of human bodies are installed in the middle of a city street. The bodies have no heads or arms, and are striding forward in five rows of two. While they are not naked, their wrinkled body-tight clothing makes no distinction between shirt and pants.

5 Fast Facts: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Posted: February 25, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, whose work is on view in NMWA’s newly reinstalled collection galleries.
A horizontal canvas combines collaged paper, such as a scrap of a U.S. map, comic strip, and pictographs; cloth swatches; scrawled and dripped paint; and phrases like “It takes hard work to keep racism alive” and “Oh! Zone.” The work’s title appears in red paint right of center.
In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin penned the essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” The now-famous piece interrogated the systematic obstacles that have prevented women from succeeding...
Black and white image of a light skinned woman in a pearl necklace and holding binoculars to her eyes, on a gray and white vertically striped background. Superimposed over the image are four red horizontal bands with "We will no longer be seen and not heard" in white block letters.

5 Fast Facts: Laure Tixier

Posted: February 18, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Laure Tixier). Tixier’s Plaid Houses (Maquettes) (2005–11), currently on view in NMWA’s collection galleries, explore a range of architectural styles in...
Close-up detail of a larger artwork features a view of two felt houses. On the viewer's right is an orange house that is out-of-focus while on the left is a blue house that is in-focus and has visible stitches, coarse texture, and rectangular windows.

5 Fast Facts: Camille Claudel

Posted: February 11, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Camille Claudel, whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
Bronze tabletop sculpture depicting a nude young woman seated on rough-hewn base, leaning against a sheaf of wheat. The figure's knees are drawn together, her left arm hanging at her side and her right arm bent upwards, clasping her shoulder.

5 Fast Facts: Louise Bourgeois

Posted: January 28, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Louise Bourgeois, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
Bronze sculpture of a spider on a white platform against a magenta background.

Confining Moments: Cage Imagery in NMWA’s Collection

Posted: January 16, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight

Modern Makers: Rose Jaffe

Posted: January 7, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight