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!


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.


JUN 26–SEP 07 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


OCT 07–DEC 31 2020

Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark (b. 1967) is renowned for her mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore blackness, and reimagine history. This exhibition—the first survey of Clark’s 25-year career—includes the artist’s well-known sculptures made from black pocket combs, human hair, and thread as well as works made from flags, currency, beads, sugar, cotton plants, pencils, books, a typewriter, and a hair salon chair. The artist transmutes each of these everyday objects through her application of a vast range of fiber-art techniques: Clark weaves, stitches, folds, braids, dyes, pulls, twists, presses, snips, or ties within each work. By stitching black thread cornrows and Bantu knots onto fabrics, rolling human hair into necklaces, and stringing a violin bow with a dreadlock, Clark manifests ancestral bonds and reasserts the black presence in histories from which it has been pointedly omitted.

National Museum of Women in the Arts