With contemporary art, what you see is rarely all you get. Artists today visually and thematically layer abstraction, text, symbols, cultural references, and personal experiences to create meaning and depth in their work. Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions and Conundrums in Contemporary Art features 39 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and prints from NMWA’s collection selected to inspire viewers to make multiple interpretations and inscribe their own ideas and experiences onto each work.
During Shakespeare’s time, women were not permitted to act or produce works for the public stage. As a result, dramatic works authored by women during the Renaissance were published under a man’s name or never performed during the writers’ lifetimes. Through the joint efforts of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Washington Shakespeare Company, the writings of these unsung women playwrights and dramatists are now being rediscovered and recognized for their historical and theatrical contributions to society.
For the first time in its 22 year history, National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) salutes haute couture by presenting Mary McFadden: Goddesses, an exhibition of gowns, clothing ensembles and jewelry by internationally-renowned American fashion designer Mary McFadden.
Courage, perseverance, diligence, business sense and networking abilities—these were among the necessary qualifications for a woman in turn of the 20th century Hungary who pursued a career in photography.
New York artist Isabel Bishop (1902–1988) devoted her career to depicting the fleeting movements of passersby she observed near her 14th Street studio in Union Square. Inspired by the realism of New York’s Ashcan school as well as by Rembrandt’s depictions of common people, Bishop rejected lofty themes in her art and portrayed her subjects in the middle of candid movements.
Susan Fisher Sterling, director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, has been selected to receive the Women’s Caucus for Art 2009 President’s Award. The award was established in 1983 to recognize exemplary women in mid-career and highlight their outstanding contributions to the arts community.
In celebration of Women’s History month, four women who direct museums in Washington, D.C. will candidly explore the role of women in our nation’s cultural life in a panel discussion at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on March 26, 2009.