Advance Exhibition Schedule through December 2018
Dec 14 2017
Note: Please discard previous calendars. This information is current as of December 2017. For more news about the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), visit the press room.
Hung Liu In Print
January 19–July 8, 2018
Adapting figures from historical Chinese photographs, Hung Liu (b. 1948) reimagines antique depictions of laborers, refugees and prostitutes. After toiling for four years in rice and wheat fields as part of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Liu trained as a painter in her native China and later California, where she lives and works today. To create her works on paper, she blends an array of printing and collage techniques, developing highly textured surfaces, veils of color and screens of drip marks that transform the figures in each composition. Recently, Liu has begun to explore historical American subjects, particularly families caught in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a context of struggle and migration that resonates for the artist. This focus exhibition continues NMWA’s exploration of innovations in printmaking, a medium in which women have worked since at least the 16th-century.
March 9‒May 28, 2018
Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This eye-opening exhibition features more than 30 global artists who conceive of home as a place for demonstration and liberation rather than a space solely for nurturing comfort and stability. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands. Organized across seven themes—including Desperate Housewives and Mobile Homes—Women House emphasizes the plurality of contemporary women artists’ views on the home. NMWA is the only U.S. venue for this cutting-edge exhibition organized by La Monnaie de Paris.
Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018
June 28–September 16, 2018
The fifth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series showcases contemporary artists working in metal. Featured artists enthusiastically investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through objects including sculpture, jewelry and conceptual applications of the material. The exhibition also engages with the fluidity between “fine” art, design and craft, categories whose traditional definitions are rooted in gender discrimination. Women to Watch is presented every three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees.
Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career
July 20–November 25, 2018
This focus exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a 30-year period. Although she has procured exquisite texts made through the time-honored processes of printing and binding, Bound to Amaze centers on her discovery of books created through inventive techniques such as piercing, pleating, curling and tying. Many texts in the exhibition are dramatically sculptural in form, made from materials including linen, wood and semi-precious stone. With subjects ranging from Shakespeare’s Desdemona to the pleasures of eating, the books in the exhibition also reveal Wasserman’s love of both drama and whimsy. Through this recently retired curator’s expert work, NMWA has become a world-renowned repository for this dynamic and highly expressive art form.
November 2, 2018–February 10, 2019
Rodarte, the innovative California fashion house founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, will be the first designers to be recognized with a solo exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Known for its conceptual blend of high couture, modern femininity, craftsmanship and California influences, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from the art and fashion worlds since its inception. Their approach fuses dressmaking and art-making processes through a combination of conventional and unconventional methods. This exhibition, through a refined selection of looks from their most pivotal collections, explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion.