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Summer 2017 Calendar of Events at NMWA

Apr 24 2017

Programs and Exhibitions from June–Sept. 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to present a wide range of exhibitions and programs, including our much raved-about and in demand “Fierce Women” tours and an opening party, gallery talks and hands-on workshops related to the exhibition Revival. In addition, the second season of the museum’s Women, Arts and Social Change initiative continues with a Fresh Talk exploring superheroines, and a Cultural Capital partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival.

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


Drop-In Tour: Fierce Women
Sunday, August 6, 1–2 p.m.
Sunday, September 3, 1–2 p.m.
Back by popular demand! The “Nasty Women” tour, unveiled during the Women’s March weekend, is now renamed “Fierce Women” tour and is here to stay! 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.

Who are the new superwomen of the universe?
Wednesday, June 14, 7–8:30 p.m., followed by Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist, 8:30–9:30 p.m. Exhibition galleries open to attendees 5–6:45 p.m.
For much of comics history, women characters were introduced primarily as plot devices for the leading male characters. A new wave of superheroines is entering the comic universe, leading the fight for justice and dispelling traditional stereotypes in fiction and beyond. Speakers include Carolyn Cocca, author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation; Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Philadelphia; Ashley Woods, illustrator, graphic novelist and artist for the Stranger Comics series “NIOBE: She is Life”; and others to be announced. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Catalyst. Reservations required. Reserve online.


Revival Exhibition Opening Party
Thursday, June 22, 7:30–11 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the opening of special exhibition Revival, and prepare for a miracle! Enjoy a first look at the exhibition, behind-the-scenes tours, an open bar and light refreshments. In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary, and inspired by the museum’s focus on contemporary women artists as catalysts for change, Revival illuminates how women working in sculpture, photography and video use spectacle and scale for expressive effect. $40 general; $30 members, seniors, students. IDs will be checked at the door. Reservations required. Reserve online.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts