Heavy Metal

  • Abstract image featuring horizontal, vertical, and diagonal intersecting lines overlaid with pieces of rounded, plated steel
    Carolina Sardi, Grandfather, Cricket and I, 2016; Plated steel over painted wall, 91 x 156 x 2 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Panamerican Art Projects Miami; © Carolina Sardi; Photo by Mariano Costa Peuser
  • Two pieces of grey styrofoam, standing side by side, each carved with abstract shapes
    Venetia Dale, Between: Kitchenaid Mixer, 2017; Styrofoam cast in pewter, 2 elements, each 29 x 21 x 8 in.; Courtesy of the artist; © Venetia Dale
  • Sixteen rectangular yellow and grey aluminum poles lean up against a wall
    Rana Begum, No. 161, 2008; Paint on powder-coated aluminum, 98 1/2 in. high, 16 sections; Photo by Philip White; © Rana Begum

Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018 on view June 28–September 16, 2018

Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists working in metal. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 20 committees participating in Women to Watch 2018 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal.

Featured artists in Heavy Metal investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms. Works in the exhibition range from large-scale installations to small objects intended for personal adornment; these disparate works are fashioned out of iron, steel, bronze, silver, gold, brass, tin, aluminum, copper, and pewter. This exhibition seeks to disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking and demonstrate that contemporary women artists carry on a vibrant legacy in the field.

The exhibition features works by Cheryl Eve Acosta (Greater Kansas City Area), Rana Begum (United Kingdom), Carolina Rieckhof Brommer (Peru), Lola Brooks (Georgia), Paula Castillo (New Mexico), Charlotte Charbonnel (France), Venetia Dale (Massachusetts), Petronella Eriksson (Sweden), Susie Ganch (Mid-Atlantic Region), Alice Hope (Greater New York Region), Leila Khoury (Ohio), Holly Laws (Arkansas), Blanca Muñoz (Spain), Beverly Penn (Texas), Serena Porrati (Italy), Alejandra Prieto (Chile), Kerianne Quick (Southern California), Carolina Sardi (Florida), Katherine Vetne (Northern California), and Kelsey Wishik (Mississippi).

National Museum of Women in the Arts