Upcoming Exhibitions

Black and white photo of a woman looking out over the Sonoran Desert while wearing a traditional, long, Seri skirt and holding a boom box.
Graciela Iturbide, Mujer Ángel, Desierto de Sonora (Angel Woman, Sonoran Desert), 1979 (printed 2014); NMWA; Gift of Cindy Jones; © Graciela Iturbide, Image courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, NYC

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


JAN 17–APR 19 2020

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Multimedia artist Delita Martin (b. 1972) makes large-scale prints onto which she draws, sews, collages, and paints. Martin’s meticulous, multilayered works create a powerful presence for her subjects: black women and men depicted on a monumental scale. Through her imagery, Martin forges a new iconography that is rooted in African tradition, personal recollections, and physical materials. Expertly layering these elements, Martin visualizes the liminal space between the physical and spiritual worlds.


FEB 28 2020–MAY 25 2020

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

NMWA presents a landmark exhibition of evocative and groundbreaking photographs by celebrated artist Graciela Iturbide (b. 1942, Mexico City) from her prolific five-decade-long career. Iturbide’s signature high-contrast black-and-white images tell a visual story of Mexico since the late 1960s. More personal exploration than documentary photography, Iturbide’s work captures the rich tapestry of cultures, daily rituals, social inequalities, and coexistence of tradition and modernity across Mexican society. Approximately 140 photographs reveal the lifestyle of the Seri people living in the Sonoran Desert, exploitation of workers among the Mixtec of Oaxaca, the vital role of women in Zapotec communities, and the belongings of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Iturbide’s empathetic approach to photography reflects her deep connection to her subjects and offers powerful insight into the beauty and complexities of Mexico’s cultural heritage. Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


JUNE 26 2020–SEP 7 2020

Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020

Paper Routes, the sixth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases the transformation of paper into complex works of art. Artists use paper not merely as a support for drawings, prints, or photographs, but as a medium itself. Ranging in size from minutely detailed, small-scale works to large, sculptural installations, this exhibition explores artists’ ability to transform paper into a surprising array of shapes and structures. First presented in 2008, Women to Watch is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees

National Museum of Women in the Arts