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NMWA Presents REVIVAL June 23–Sept. 10, 2017

May 08 2017

Spectacle and transcendence in contemporary art by women

WASHINGTONREVIVAL, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, photography and video by women artists, will be on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) June 23–September 10, 2017. Exploring how arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter can spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with a work of art, the exhibition focuses on 16 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sonya Clark, Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Maria Marshall, Alison Saar, Beverly Semmes, Joana Vasconcelos, and Bettina von Zwehl. REVIVAL launches the exhibition schedule celebrating the museum’s 30th-anniversary year.

REVIVAL examines the spectacle and visual enchantment that underlies much contemporary art. Rousing the spirit rather than simply tantalizing the eye, the artists in this exhibition harness scale, technique, and effect in photography and sculpture to reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience. Their imagery purposefully elicits a ripple of exhilaration or tenderness, a shudder of dread or a wave of anxiety.

REVIVAL is a perfect exhibition as the museum celebrates its first 30 years, and imagines and plans for its next 30,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Inspired by the museum’s institution-wide focus on contemporary women artists as catalysts for change, this exhibition illuminates how women working in sculpture, photography, and video regenerate their mediums to profound expressive effect.”

“We are focusing on how women artists use spectacle to get to the crux of real issues relating to the human condition,” said NMWA Chief Curator Kathryn Wat. “These artists are working in innovative ways to evoke emotion and to testify to the power of both fear and love.”

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