Upcoming Exhibitions

A metal sculpture, resembling two lightbulbs attached at their bases, hangs from the ceiling
Susie Ganch, Falling in Love: 1999, 2011-13; Courtesy of Sienna Patti Contemporary; © Susie Ganch; Photo by David Hunter Hale

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!

JUN 28–SEP 16 2018

Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018

The fifth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series showcases contemporary artists working in metal. Featured artists enthusiastically investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms. The exhibition also engages with the fluidity between “fine” art, design, and craft categories, whose traditional definitions are rooted in gender discrimination. Women to Watch is presented every three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees.

JUL 20–NOV 25 2018

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

This focus exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a thirty-year period. Bound to Amaze centers on her discovery of books created through inventive techniques such as piercing, pleating, curling, tying, and carving. With subjects ranging from Shakespeare’s Desdemona to the pleasures of eating, the books featured also reveal Wasserman’s love of both drama and whimsy. Through this recently retired curator’s expert work, NMWA has become a world-renowned repository for this dynamic and highly expressive art form.

NOV 02–FEB 10 2019


Sisters Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, the duo behind the innovative American luxury label Rodarte, founded in 2005, are the first designers to be recognized with a solo exhibition organized by NMWA. Rodarte is known for its conceptual blend of high couture, modern femininity, craftsmanship, and California influences. Since its inception, it has drawn critical acclaim from the art and fashion worlds. Through a refined selection of looks from pivotal collections, as well as accessories, runway videos, and video shorts, this exhibition offers an overview of the first thirteen years of the Mulleavys’ work through the lens of contemporary art and fashion.

National Museum of Women in the Arts