Advance Exhibition Schedule for December 2015–February 2017
Dec 02 2015
Note: Please discard previous calendars. This information is current as of December 2015. For more news about the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), visit the press room.
Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection
January 29–May 22, 2016
Presenting works at the salon—an exhibition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Art in Paris—marked success for artists in 18th-century France. The famed artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was among the first women to exhibit at the event, yet she was by no means the only one. Drawn from the museum’s rich collection of 18th-century portraits, this exhibition visualizes the world of the salon and reveals how French women artists inspired each other as well as male artists who noted their great success.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
April 08–July 31, 2016
In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” The idea of a woman storyteller is a fitting premise for these photographs made by pioneering women with roots in Iran and the Arab world. The contemporary photographs featured in the exhibition reflect the complexities of unprecedented change. Artists probe ideas about personal identity and vital political issues in their home regions. The exhibition includes work by Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, and Newsha Tavakolian. Their provocative works range in genre from portraiture to documentary to staged narratives. Through new photography, She Who Tells a Story shifts perspectives and opens a cultural dialogue that begins with art.
Priya Pereira: Contemporary Artist Books from India
May 16–November 18, 2016, in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.
Priya Pereira (b. 1967) is a book artist based in Mumbai, India. Trained as a graphic designer and isolated from other book artists, Pereira began creating artists’ books ten years before she knew that the genre had a name. She published limited-edition works under the imprint Pixie Bks for 22 years, exploring subjects including Indian culture, time, and language. The artist describes The Book of F as “dotted with ditties that popularize the ‘F’ word without once mentioning the most used and abused word,” and her The Wise Man and His Long Beard represents an Indian folktale through a beard made out of lamp wicks. This exhibition showcases ten of Pereira’s artists’ books.
Alison Saar In Print
June 10–October 02, 2016
Alison Saar (b. 1956) uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore themes of feminine, racial, and cultural identity. The artist’s hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms. Her central figures hold evocative objects—snakes, knives, fry pans, plants, or bottles—that allude to a range of myth, lore, and legend. Drawn from both NMWA’s and private collections, the exhibition also brings to focus how Saar’s printmaking practice relates to her sculptural work.
Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu
October 14, 2016–February 26, 2017
Colette Fu is known for her immense, sculptural pop-up books. This focus exhibition presents works from her series “Haunted Philadelphia,” inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and “We are Tiger Dragon People,” her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province. Fu’s works combine images of landscapes she has explored with elements of fairy tales and folklore. Through engineering feats, she transforms her photographs into oversized pop-ups, some with kinetic elements and blinking lights. Gathered together, Fu’s books form a pop-up fantasy world.