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Advance Exhibition Schedule for June 2016–February 2017

Jun 07 2016

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


Alison Saar In Print
June 10–October 2, 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. Works from NMWA’s collection are shown alongside select loans. The exhibition focuses on Saar’s printmaking practice in relation to her sculptural work.

NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection
September 30, 2016–January 8, 2017
Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), Miami. Centering on images of the female body and works that explore the physical process of making, NO MAN’S LAND imagines a visual conversation between women artists new to the Rubell Collection and those whose works they began collecting decades ago. The exhibition presents a highly focused selection of paintings and sculptures often using unconventional materials and unexpected formats by women artists who are generationally, intellectually and politically diverse. RFC collaborated with NMWA to realize a new vision for the exhibition, which premiered in RFC’s space in Miami in December 2015.

Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu
October 14, 2016–February 26, 2017
Colette Fu is renowned 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, her ancestors’ homeland. 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.


She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
April 8–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. Each image tells a poignant story, and each artist offers a vision of the world she has witnessed. The contemporary photographs featured in the exhibition reflect the complexities of unprecedented change. Artists take photographs within urban and rural landscapes and in public and private spaces. They probe ideas about personal identity and vital political issues in their home regions. Their images invite viewers within these areas and far away to explore new cultural landscapes and to confront their own preconceptions. 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, Shirin Neshat 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 Artists’ 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 has published limited-edition works under the imprint Pixie Bks for the last 23 years, exploring subjects including Indian culture, time and language through creative structures, use of type and hand-drawn images. Pereira’s books are full of word play and whimsy. 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 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.

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