Upcoming Exhibitions

Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields, 1991; Courtesy of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia
From the upcoming exhibition, “Magnetic Fields”

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


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.


JUL 17–NOV 17 2017

Wonder Women!

Presented by the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research CenterFrom the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world to painter Edna Reindel’s tough WWII riveters, to vintage feminist comic books—it’s the celebration of the Wonder Women! Explore images of the powerful woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists’ archives of the Library and Research Center.
Please note the LRC is open M-F.


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 African American women artists. 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.

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today is organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The exhibition presentation at NMWA is made possible through the generous support of Stephanie Sale, with additional funding provided by the Sue J. Henry and Carter G. Phillips Exhibition Fund; and American Airlines, the official airline of the museum’s 30th Anniversary.

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