Upcoming Exhibitions

Colorful woodblock print on handmade paper, diamond pattern
Polly Apfelbaum, Emperor Twist, 2015; Woodblock print on handmade paper, 25 3/8 x 25 3/8 in.; Printed and published by Durham Press; Image courtesy of Durham Press; © Durham Press and the artist

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MAR 10–JUL 02 2017

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum’s printed images embody both precision and freedom, generated by her spontaneous and immediate methods of production. Born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Apfelbaum is best known for her large-scale installations and “fallen paintings,” compositions of dyed synthetic fabrics that she places directly on the floor. The performative aspect of these installations carries over to her “intuitive but structured” printmaking process, which incorporates interchangeable wood blocks and gradient inking. Apfelbaum’s striking colors and bold abstract shapes—alternately geometric and organic—reference Minimalist and Pop art. Featuring prints in NMWA’s collection along with complementary loans, Chromatic Scale takes a focused look at Apfelbaum’s print work, a part of her oeuvre that has not been extensively studied, and examines how the artist extends the conventional boundaries of color and technique.

JUN 23–SEP 10 2017


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.