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Advance Exhibition Schedule for November 2013–April 2015

Dec 03 2013

Note: Please discard previous calendars. This information is current as of February 2014. For more news about the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), visit the press room.


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

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. Its presentation at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Arkansas State Committee of NMWA and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Coby Foundation, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust and the members of NMWA.

Judy Chicago: Circa ’75
January 17–April 13, 2014

NMWA will present an exhibition of selected works by artist Judy Chicago (b. 1939) in honor of her 75th birthday. A pioneer artist of the feminist movement in the 1970s, Chicago’s works explore female identity as well as women’s cultural achievements. Circa ’75 features prints, drawings and sculptures made in the 1970s as she developed abstract imagery to represent the female body. The exhibition centers on her works honoring women in history, including authors Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf. Preparatory drawings and a sculpture maquette made for Chicago’s multi-media installation The Dinner Party are featured.

Judy Chicago: Circa ’75 is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is generously supported by the members of NMWA.

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships
April 26–September 14, 2014
Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) is best known for the fur-lined teacup and saucer she made in 1936, but it represents just one facet of her provocative work. During her long, prolific career, she created sculpture, paintings and drawings that explored themes of sensuality and desire, friendship and love, nature and culture, and reality and imagination. This exhibition explores friendship as a source of inspiration and support. Inspired by the friendship between two 18th-century poets, Bettina von Brentano and Karoline von Günderrode, Oppenheim created paintings, prints and poems dedicated to the two women, some of which are featured in the exhibition. Many of the presented works are part of a recent donation to NMWA made by Vassar College art librarian Thomas Hill in honor of his friendship with late librarian of the Walker Art Center Rosemary Furtak. Tender Friendships includes Oppenheim’s witty Table with Bird’s Feet, one of her school-girl notebooks, prints, photographs and letters from the artist.

The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová
May 12, 2014–November 14, 2014 in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel Z mého dětství (From My Childhood) is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman. Bochoráková-Dittrichová’s appealing and warm woodcut style was influenced by pioneering Belgian graphic artist Frans Masereel. This exhibition showcases five of her published novels as well as her unpublished book Malířka Na Cestách (The Artist on her Journey), which contains 52 original woodcuts about a young woman artist studying abroad, mirroring Bochoráková-Dittrichová’s own life at the beginning of her career.

Total Art: Contemporary Video
June 6–October 12, 2014

Women artists around the world were pioneers of video art in the 1960s and 1970s. Early videos were often single-channel shorts, made with experimental techniques and political content that critiqued mainstream media. A half-century later, video artists are attuned to popular media formats rather than critical of them. To create immersive, experiential works, today’s artists design elaborate stage sets, film at remote locations, incorporate digital technology and animation, and meticulously plan viewing spaces. Featuring recently acquired works in NMWA’s collection as well as loans from notable private and public collections, Total Art highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Total Art reflects the continued global scope of video. The exhibition will feature works by Dara Birnbaum, Kimsooja, Mariko Mori, Mwangi Hutter, Alex Prager, Pipilotti Rist, Michal Rovner, Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, Janaina Tschäpe and others.

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