Urgent Museum Notice

International Women’s Day Festival 2021

Color photograph of a light skin toned woman in all black on a white horse and carrying a large, white flag. Horse and rider are facing left and are in a rolling green landscape with a bright blue cloudless sky.

Join NMWA for a virtual festival in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, museum staff, artists, and makers will host online classes and programs that highlight and honor women in the arts. Learn something new or simply enjoy a conversation about women in the arts. 

Recordings of the live International Women’s Day programs will be available soon.

Schedule of Events

A figure with long wavy blonde hair stands in front of a white wall with her head down. The figure's face and body are covered by vibrant yellow fabric that drapes to the floor. The words “Can You Name #5WomenArtists?” are written in green in the upper left corner of the image.
Mwangi Hutter, Reign (detail), 2012; Photograph, 72 x 48 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC; © Mwangi Hutter

11 a.m.

Can You Name #5WomenArtists? A Simple Question Launches a Major Challenge

Join Susan Fisher Sterling, the museum’s Alice West Director, and Emma Filar, communications and marketing manager, to learn about and celebrate the  #5WomenArtists campaign. Ginny Treanor, associate curator, will then present an in-depth look at five women artists.

Using the hashtag #5WomenArtists, the museum’s award-winning social media campaign calls attention to the fact that women have not been treated equally in the art world. Even today, they remain underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses. Each year, hundreds of cultural organizations and thousands of individuals take to social media to answer the challenge, sparking a global conversation about gender equity in the arts.

This marigold colored filer contains a black pen drawing of an open mouth speaking to an ear wearing a hoop earring in the shape of a female gender symbol. Between the mouth and the ear are details about a house party taking place at Women’s House on Gothersgade in Copenhagen on July 25.
House party flier from the Copenhagen International Festival of Women Artists

1 p.m.

From the Archives: The Artful Impact of the UN Conference on Women

Join Emily Moore, archival assistant, in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center to explore the legacies and art of three international festivals of women artists. Spanning 15 years and three continents (1980, 1985, and 1995, in Denmark, Kenya and China, respectively), the festivals coincided with the UN Conference on Women, demonstrating the emergence of an international women’s art network. This dive into the museum’s archives will give you a sense of what it might have been like to be there, see the art, and walk alongside artists and thinkers including Audre Lorde and Linda Nochlin.

A light skinned woman with short brown hair wearing a black sweater, black pants, a white collared shirt, and a coral necklace, stands smiling in front of a ladder resting against a light pink stucco building. You can see a round white sculpture sitting on a table through the window of the building.
Pita Lopez at Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

2 p.m.

A Conversation with Pita Lopez: Reflections on Miss O’Keeffe

Join Pita Lopez and Katrina Latka of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for a conversation about Lopez’s time spent with Georgia O’Keeffe. Lopez, who serves the museum as the projects director, Abiquiu Historic Properties, is a third-generation employee of Georgia O’Keeffe. Learn about the impact O’Keeffe had on her family in the village of Abiquiu in northern New Mexico and how Lopez shares O’Keeffe’s legacy today.

Katrina Latka is the curator of education and Interpretation at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Agapita “Pita” Lopez began working with American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in late 1974, and became her personal secretary in 1978 until her death on March 6, 1986. A third generation employee, her grandfather and mother also worked for O’Keeffe. She continued working with the O’Keeffe Estate in 1986, and then in 1989 with The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation as its Secretary.  Later serving as the Foundation’s executive director from 1999 to 2006. As the projects director of historic properties at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, she oversees the maintenance and preservation of both O’Keeffe historic houses and studios. Along with author and scholar Barbara Buhler Lynes, she co-wrote the book, Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu.  Along with her brother, Belarmino Lopez, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division presented them with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

A light-skinned Chinese woman standing against a turquoise backdrop of mountains and Chinese people. She wears a red cheongsam with a turquoise brooch, and her black hair is neatly combed into a bun and held with a pin. A subtle, dark gray drippy texture is layered over her.
Hung Liu, Shan-Mountain, 2012; Color aquatint etching with gold leaf on paper, 47 x 36 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Promised gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honor of the artist and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; © Hung Liu; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

3 p.m.

Art Chat

In this special International Women’s Day edition, join NMWA educators for an informal 45-minute art chat about selected artworks from NMWA’s collection. You can even enjoy your favorite happy hour drink or snack during the sessions.

A horizontal canvas combines collaged paper, such as a scrap of a U.S. map, comic strip, and pictographs; cloth swatches; scrawled and dripped paint; and phrases like “It takes hard work to keep racism alive” and “Oh! Zone.” The work’s title appears in red paint right of center.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Indian, Indio, Indigenous, 1992; Oil and collage on canvas, 60 x 100 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund; © Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Collection Highlights Talk

Unable to visit the museum in person? Then this drop-in virtual “tour” is for you! During this interactive, docent-led talk, participants will look closely at and discuss artworks from the museum’s collection.

After this special International Women’s Day tour, Collection Highlights Talks regularly occur the second Wednesday of each month, 5:30–6:30 p.m. (ET) and the fourth Saturday of each month, 1–2 (ET).

A dark skinned woman with long dreadlocks wearing a short-sleeved white collared shirt with a black pineapple pattern and a grey-blue apron stands in front of a brick wall. The woman is smiling and has tattoos on her arms just below the sleeves of her shirt
AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata

5:30 p.m.

Artful Cocktail Class with Andra “AJ” Johnson 

Join AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata, as she teaches us how to make two amazing cocktails inspired by the life and art of Julia López. AJ created both cocktails, “French Kissed in Jalisco” and “La Ruptura,” to celebrate with us on International Women’s Day! If you would like to join the cocktail creation, ingredient lists will be provided when you register.

Courtney Dowe sits on a wooden bench with a high back with a standing brown guitar on her right. Her legs are crossed and her arms are crossed on her lap. She wears a black top, a patterned skirt, earrings, and a necklace, and she has very short hair. Behind her is lush greenery.
Photo credit: Jason Harris

6:30 p.m.

The Tea: Courtney Dowe

In this special version of the online series, women musicians perform original work via live-stream on the museum’s social media channels. Each session includes a short interview, conducted over a cup of tea, which explores the artist’s creative process.

Courtney Dowe is a human rights advocate, vocalist, and lyricist. Whether she is exposing the persecution of Falun Gong under the communist regime in China or denouncing police brutality in the United States, her love for life and dedication to her craft emanate from every note she sings. Find out where her latest journeys have taken her in this performance.

Watch Anytime

This content will be available on March 8

A light-skinned young woman with long, dark brown hair in a black, long lace sleeved dress stands confidently in a crumbling loggia. She gazes at the viewer with a serious, captivating look.
Rania Matar, Lea #1, Beirut, Lebanon, from the series “SHE,” 2019; Archival pigment print, 37 x 44 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Heather and Robert Keane Family Foundation; © Rania Matar

In Conversation: Rania Matar and Ambreen Butt

NMWA Assistant Curator Orin Zahra speaks with photographer Rania Matar and mixed-media artist Ambreen Butt, whose art examines and probes contemporary global politics and female identities. Matar and Butt discuss how their works respond to and challenge American preconceptions of Middle Eastern and Muslim women, reflecting on conditions of humanity across cultural borders.

A framed sculpture of a branch of a cotton plant. The stem of the plant is bronze, and leads to two bolls at its top. The right boll is made of two cotton, while the left boll is made of black hair.
Sonya Clark, Cotton to Hair, 2009; Bronze, human hair, and cotton, 14 ½ x 12 ½ x 5 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Sonya Clark; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Coffee with Chief Curator Katie Wat

Special Presentation of Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

Grab a coffee and enjoy a special presentation of the works and themes in NMWA’s new exhibition Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend.

The book cover for “We Are Water Protectors” with an illustration of a medium skinned figure with long black hair blowing in the wind, wearing colorful earrings, a purple shirt, red skirt, and a pink bracelet, holding a white feather in one hand. The figure stands in the middle of abstract waves, in front of a crescent mood, with six figures in shadow holding hands in the background.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

Story Time with Women in the Arts

Join NMWA staff members as they read children’s books authored or illustrated by women.

New story time videos will be available as part of NMWA’s International Women’s Day Festival on March 8.