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Advance Exhibition Schedule for December 2016–September 2017

Dec 08 2016

Note: Please discard previous calendars. This information is current as of December 2016. For more news about the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), visit the press room.


From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir
January 6–June 2, 2017, presented by NMWA’s Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center

Consider the influence and intellect of writer Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir’s impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture. A zealous writer, speaker, and lover of all sensations life had to offer—what does Beauvoir say to you?

Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara
February 17–May 14, 2017

Albuquerque-based Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969) uses a millennia-old process to make pottery resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life—the plastic bottle. While visiting a remote area along the U.S.–Mexico border, Porter Lara found the remains of ancient pottery as well as plastic bottles discarded by migrants moving through the region. Intrigued by this juxtaposition, she began to reconceptualize the plastic bottle. Porter Lara’s art blurs the line between what we see as natural and manufactured, illuminating the bottle as a precious object—a vessel that carries life-sustaining water. Through this lens, she exposes the porous nature of many types of “borders,” including the permeable boundary between art and rubbish. 

New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin
February 17–May 14, 2017

Contemporaries and friends, potter Maria Martinez (ca. 1887–1980) and photographer Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) brought the American Southwest into focus as a culturally rich region that fostered artistic expression. Martinez’s bold adaptation of an ancient black-on-black pottery design technique reflected Pueblo artistic traditions and also appealed to the modernist sensibility. Gilpin was one of the first women to capture the landscape and peoples of the American West on film. Organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this exhibition features 26 significant works by Martinez and 48 platinum, gelatin silver and color print photographs by Gilpin. It explores the way these two artists worked from the 1930s to ’70s to shape the image of a modern Southwest.

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum
March 10–July 2, 2017

Polly Apfelbaum’s printed images embody both precision and freedom, generated by her spontaneous and immediate methods of production. Born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Apfelbaum is best known for her large-scale installations and “fallen paintings,” compositions of dyed synthetic fabrics that she places directly on the floor. The performative aspect of these installations carries over to her “intuitive but structured” printmaking process, which incorporates interchangeable wood blocks and gradient inking. Apfelbaum’s striking colors and bold abstract shapes—alternately geometric and organic—reference Minimalist and Pop art. Featuring prints in NMWA’s collection along with complementary loans, Chromatic Scale takes a focused look at Apfelbaum’s print work, a part of her oeuvre that has not been extensively studied, and examines how the artist extends the conventional boundaries of color and technique.

June 23–September 10, 2017

Offering a new look at the nature of spectacle, this exhibition presents contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists whose arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with the art object. Works by Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Maria Marshall, Alison Saar, Sam Taylor-Johnson and other global artists create immersive, mesmeric environments. Artists in this exhibition explicitly embrace the illimitable scale and effect of their mediums to animate deep-rooted ideas about fear, strength and love. They favor figurative or highly allusive imagery, yet each artist centers her work on the unconscious, ferreting out the unspoken through disquieting referents including fragmented bodies and peculiar creatures. Inspired by NMWA’s institution-wide focus on contemporary women artists as catalysts for change, Revival illuminates how women sculptors, photographers and filmmakers regenerate their mediums to profound expressive effect.

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