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Fall 2017 Calendar of Events at NMWA

Aug 10 2017

Programs and Exhibitions from Sept.–Nov. 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to present a wide range of exhibitions and programs, including the much raved about and in demand “Fierce Women” tour and an opening party and gallery talks related to the exhibition Magnetic Fields. In addition, the third season of the museum’s Women, Arts and Social Change initiative continues with a Fresh Talk featuring Judy Chicago.

The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day with free admission to the public. The information below is current as of August 2017. To find out more, visit the museum’s online calendar.

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Drop-In Tour: Fierce Women
Sunday, September 3, 1–2 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, 1–2 p.m.
The Women’s Museum is brimming with artwork by and about women who thrived as professionals and influencers despite social norms that denounced such public, “unfeminine” behavior. Discover a diverse cast of fierce women who refused to let men define their place; thumbed their noses at the limited roles society accorded them; and blazed a trail as artists, activists and innovators. From the 16th-century painter who was the family breadwinner to the contemporary photographer shaping new dialogues about gender roles, the women you encounter prove that fierce gets the job done. Led by a passionate NMWA educator, this unconventional, edgy and fast-paced tour is fun, fearless and free. No reservations required, but space is limited. First-come, first-served—sign up at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tour departs from the Great Hall.

Fresh Talks

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by Sunday Supper, 6–8 p.m. Exhibition galleries open to attendees before program.
How can the arts amplify our voices and visibility? Alison Gass, director of the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, joins in a conversation with one of the pioneers of feminist art, Judy Chicago. Together they discuss Chicago’s ongoing dedication to amplifying the voices of women, most famously through her epic work, The Dinner Party (1979), which is the subject of Inside the Dinner Party Studio, a behind-the-scenes exhibition at NMWA on view Sept. 17, 2017–Jan. 5, 2018. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Reservations required. Reserve online.

FRESH TALK FORUM: Mónica MayerEl Tendedero/The Clothesline Project
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by a reception. Exhibition galleries open to attendees before program.
On view in NMWA’s Teresa Lozano Long Gallery, November 10, 2017–January 5, 2018
Fresh Talk Forums reach beyond the museum’s walls with interactive art projects and community collaborations. This inaugural Fresh Talk Forum with Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer focuses on the ways art can create awareness and inspire community-based advocacy directed at reducing violence against women—from sexual harassment to domestic violence. Mayer brings her important El Tendedero/the Clothesline Project to Washington in September, working with local artists, activists and organizations, which culminates with this Fresh Talk, featuring Mayer in conversation with project participants. The project also includes an installation in the museum’s Long Gallery. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and reception. Reservations required. Reserve online.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts