Advance Exhibition Schedule through July 2019
Jul 30 2018
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
September 28, 2018–September 20, 2020
The dynamic works of Mexico City-based Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963) form the next chapter in NMWA’s public art program, the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, established in 2010. Signals of a Long Road Together comprises four sculptures developed expressly for this installation. Using a process similar to tattooing, Romero carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. She will assemble her carved and painted tires into totemic structures that speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment. Romero’s sculptures are the first in the New York Avenue Sculpture Project to incorporate interior lighting, which gives each piece an otherworldly glow.
November 10, 2018–February 10, 2019
Sisters Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the innovative American luxury label Rodarte, established in 2005, are the first designers to be recognized with a solo exhibition organized by NMWA. Rodarte is known for its conceptual blend of high couture, modern femininity and meticulous craftsmanship. The Mulleavys draw inspiration from art, film and the natural landscape. Since its inception, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from the art and fashion worlds. Through a refined selection of looks from pivotal collections, as well as accessories, runway videos and video shorts, this exhibition offers an overview of the first 13 years of the Mulleavys’ work through the lens of contemporary art and fashion.
Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words
Dec 7, 2018–April 14, 2019
Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt (b. 1969, Lahore, Pakistan) combines her training in traditional, labor-intensive Persian miniature painting with contemporary political subject matter. This focus exhibition of works on paper explores her exceptional range of mark-making techniques, including drawing, stitching, staining, etching and gluing. Butt’s imagery—both figurative and semi-abstract—evokes organic and free-flowing movement, while her subject matter grapples with persistent tensions: between religious ideologies and political oppression, beauty and violence, and past and present. The artist’s embrace of varied mark-making processes enriches her work and speaks to broader ideas of women making their marks on society.
Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling
March 22–July 28, 2019
Monumental wood sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany) bear evidence of the artist’s meticulous process of cutting, shaping and assembling her works from thousands of cedar blocks while simultaneously evoking the grandeur and power of nature. The Contour of Feeling focuses on von Rydingsvard’s work since 2000 and her continued commitment to experimentation. The presentation includes many sculptures not previously exhibited in the United States. Made from wood or other organic materials including leather, silk and hair, these works present a window into the distinctive synthesis of emotional fragility and imposing scale that defines von Rydingsvard’s art. The exhibition is organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.