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!

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.

DEC 07 2018–APR 14 2019

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words

Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt combines her training in traditional, labor-intensive Persian miniature painting with contemporary political subject matter. This focus exhibition of works on paper explores her exceptional range of mark-making techniques, including drawing, stitching, staining, etching, and gluing. Butt’s imagery—both figurative and semi-abstract—evokes organic and free flowing movement, while her subject matter grapples with persistent tensions: religious ideologies and political oppression, beauty and violence, and past and present. The artist’s embrace of varied mark-making processes enriches her work and speaks to broader ideas of women making their mark on society.

MAR 22–JUL 28 2019

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

Monumental wood sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany) evoke the grandeur and power of nature. They simultaneously bear evidence of the artist’s meticulous process of cutting, shaping, and assembling thousands of cedar blocks. The Contour of Feeling focuses on von Rydingsvard’s artistic development since 2000 and her continued commitment to experimentation. The presentation includes many sculptures not previously exhibited in the United States. Made from wood or other organic materials, including leather, silk, and hair, these works present a window into the emotional fragility and imposing scale that define von Rydingsvard’s art. The exhibition is organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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