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Advance Exhibition Schedule: July 2013–November 2014

Jul 29 2013

Note: Please discard previous calendars. This information is current as of July 2013.


October 4, 2013–January 5, 2014
Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale

Renowned for her bold portrait paintings, American artist Ellen Day Hale (1855–1940) also played an active role in reviving the etching printmaking technique in the late 19th century. After pursuing art training in Paris, Hale traveled extensively through Europe, the Middle East and America. Drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ collection, Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale presents the artist’s exquisitely detailed etchings of the cities, landscapes and people she encountered on her journeys. With numerous gifted women (including author Harriet Beecher Stowe) among her family members, Hale became both an accomplished artist and a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the arts.

November 4, 2013–May 9, 2014 in the Library Research Center
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.
Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship

Anita Steckel (1930–2012) was a feminist American artist who countered the art-world establishment through depictions of heterosexual female desire. She sparked a media scandal in 1972 by refusing to self-censor an exhibition of her exuberant and shameless female and male erotic figures, The Sexual Politics of Feminist Art. Instead, she created the Fight Censorship Group, which included artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Hannah Wilke as members. This exhibition displays selected personal papers, photographs and original art from the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center’s Anita Steckel Papers, illustrating Steckel’s boundary-pushing art and activism.

December 20, 2013–April 27, 2014
“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts

Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. “Workt by Hand” is an innovative display showcasing 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection. Revealing the shifting cultural status of this medium, the exhibition explores issues specific to quilting practices, such as anonymity versus authorship and the conventional view of quilts as craft rather than fine art. Spanning two centuries, “Workt by Hand” features examples of iconic quilting designs and techniques, including the “Log Cabin” style, “Double Wedding Band” designs, Amish “Sunshine and Shadow” style, album quilts and “crazy quilts.”

“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts