Upcoming Exhibitions

Image of a woman's legs upside down with petticoats and heeled shoes, forest in the background
Anna Gaskell, Untitled #104 (A Short Story of Happenstance), 2003; Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC; © Anna Gaskell

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


JUN 23–SEP 10 2017

Revival

In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary in 2017, Revival presents contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists whose arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter spur viewers into a transcendent encounter with the art object. These artists favor figurative or highly allusive imagery, yet they center their works on the unconscious, ferreting out the unspoken through disquieting referents including fragmented bodies, peculiar creatures, and wayward children. The exhibition demonstrates how artists engage space to generate intensity. Large-scale sculpture, photographs, and video installations create immersive, mesmeric environments. Smaller, painstakingly fabricated works draw the viewer in to deliver strong sensorial impact. Featuring works by Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Joana Vasconcelos, and others, Revival illuminates how women regenerate sculpture and photo-based art to profound expressive effect.


JUL 14–OCT 29 2017

Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín

In 2017, NMWA is taking a closer look at women working in abstraction. Born in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia, Fanny Sanín developed her visual language during Colombia’s vibrant avant-garde art scene in the 1950s and ’60s. Unlike the gestural and organic paint strokes of Abstract Expressionism, Sanín’s works feature clean-edged geometric forms. Equilibrium invites viewers into the artist’s meticulous, intuitive process, which can include anywhere from four to 18 preliminary drawings preceding each finished work. Sanín uses these revisions to experiment with arrangements of form and color until she reaches her desired balance. Only then does she commit the final composition to a large-scale painting on canvas.


OCT 13 2017–JAN 21 2018

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

NMWA’s 30th-anniversary celebration continues with Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, the first U.S. exhibition to explore the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among women artists of color. Featuring work by more than 20 women, including progenitors like Mavis Pusey and contemporary artists such as Shinique Smith, Magnetic Fields is intergenerational in scope and highlights the longstanding presence of black women artists within the field of abstraction in America. From the brilliant colors and energetic brushwork of Alma Woodsey Thomas’s paintings to shredded tire sculptures by Chakaia Booker, works featured in this exhibition testify to the enduring ability of abstraction to convey both personal iconography and universal themes. This landmark project underscores the diversity of abstract art, which lies in its material construction as well as in its practitioners.

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