Upcoming Exhibitions

A black ballerina's tutu and body suit with black feathers lays collapsed on the floor next to a tiara
Rodarte, Black Swan costume, 2010; Photo © Autumn de Wilde

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!

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.

SEP 28 2018–SEP 20 2020

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero

The dynamic works of Mexico City-based Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963) form the next chapter in NMWA’s evolving public art program, the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, established in 2010. To create her four sculptures developed expressly for this installation, Romero will assemble carved and painted tires into totemic structures that speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment. She embraces materials and techniques relating to popular culture. Using a process similar to tattooing, she carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. Romero’s sculptures are the first works featured in the Sculpture Project to incorporate interior lighting, which gives each piece an otherworldly glow.

NOV 10 2018–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