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Programs & Events

  • Alma Woodsey Thomas, Orion, 1973; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
    Jan 18 2017

    JAN 18 Gallery Talk: Collection Selections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Associate Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso.
  • NMWA visitors gaze up at Kiki Kogelnik’s “Superwoman,” Photo: Laura Hoffman, NMWA
    Jan 21 2017 to Jan 22 2017

    Free Community Weekend: Women’s March on Washington

    SAT JAN 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and SUN JAN 22, 12–5 p.m. No Reservations Required. Enjoy a special community weekend at NMWA—enjoy FREE admission to the museum all weekend!
  • Participants at a Fresh Talk event; photo by Margot Schulman
    Jan 22 2017

    Tour: Nasty Women

    1–2 p.m. 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.
  • Katie Cappiello, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Emma Sulkowicz and Tanya Selvaratnam at Fresh Talk: How can the arts advance body politics?
    Jan 22 2017

    Film Screening: Can We Change It?

    Two screenings at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Learn more about Fresh Talk, the signature program of the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative through a film screening of a recent event.
  • Chakaia Booker, Acid Rain (detail), 2001; Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund
    Jan 25 2017

    JAN 25 Gallery Talk: Collection Selections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris.
  • Woman with film camera; photo by Getty Images
    Jan 25 2017

    Cultural Capital: New Venues and Vehicles for Women in Film

    7–9:30 p.m. Free. Reservations Required. Explore how the internet and advances in technology have changed the landscape of film-making, particularly for women.
  • Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Portrait of Princess Belozersky, 1798; Gift of Rita M. Cushman in memory of George A. Rentschler
    Feb 01 2017

    FEB 01 Gallery Talk: Collection Selections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Director of Education and Digital Engagement Deborah Gaston.
  • Colette Fu, Wa Hair Swinging Dance, from the series "We are Tiger Dragon People," 2012; Artist's book with color prints, 25 x 24 x 8 in. (open); Courtesy of the artist; Photo: Lee Stalsworth
    Feb 05 2017

    Free Community Day: February

    12–5 p.m. No Reservations Required. The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA—enjoy free admission to the museum all day!
  • Petah Coyne, Untitled #781, 1994; Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honor of the artist; © Petah Coyne, Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York
    Feb 05 2017

    Tour: Collection Selections

    1–2 p.m. No Reservations Required. Free. NMWA offers this lunchtime drop-in tour during our February Free Community Day.
  • Dead Man Walking poster by Cade Martin
    Feb 05 2017

    Cultural Capital: Dead Man Walking

    4–6 p.m. Free. Reservations Required. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Washington National Opera’s production of “Dead Man Walking.”
  • Berthe Morisot, The Cage, 1885; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
    Feb 08 2017

    FEB 08 Gallery Talk: Collection Selections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Digital Editorial Assistant Emily Haight.
  • Catherine Manoukian; photo by Tony Briggs
    Feb 08 2017

    Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Catherine Manoukian

    7:30–9:30 p.m. Registration Required. Our 2016–17 Shenson Chamber Music Concert series begins with violinist Catherine Manoukian
  • Clockwise from back left: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring, Nightsong, no. 18 of Dead Feminists Broadside Series; Kathy Miller, Trains; Kathy Miller, about … ART; Diane Weintraub, The Birthday Suite; Sue Johnson, Duster; Image courtesy of the Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
    Feb 15 2017

    FEB 15 Gallery Talk: Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Sarah Osborne Bender.
  • Image of a white, black, and rust colored clay pot by Maria Martinez and Popovi Da
    Feb 16 2017

    Member Preview Day: Border Crossing and New Ground

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. No Reservations Required. Are you a NMWA member? Be the first to explore our exciting new exhibitions, “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara,” and “New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin,” during Member Preview Day.
  • Visitors in the galleries; Photo: Laura Hoffman, NMWA
    Feb 17 2017

    FEB 17: Free Community Day

    10 a.m.–8 p.m. FREE. No Reservations Required. In celebration of our new spring exhibitions, visit us during a special free Community Day with extended hours.
  • Laura Gilpin, Maria Martinez Making Pottery, 1959; Gelatin silver print, 10 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.; Eugene B. Adkins Collection at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman; © 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
    Feb 22 2017

    FEB 22 Gallery Talk: New Ground

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon.
  • Clockwise from back left: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring, Nightsong, no. 18 of Dead Feminists Broadside Series; Kathy Miller, Trains; Kathy Miller, about … ART; Diane Weintraub, The Birthday Suite; Sue Johnson, Duster; Image courtesy of the Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
    Mar 01 2017

    MAR 01 Gallery Talk: Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Sarah Osborne Bender.

Exhibitions

  • Colette Fu, Rodin Museum: Lovers, from the series “Haunted Philadelphia,” 2005–06; Artist’s book with color prints, Chinese Joss paper, and Philadelphia newspapers, 53 x 36 x 22 in. (open); NMWA; Museum purchase with funds donated by Lynn Johnston and Julie Garcia; © Colette Fu; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
    Oct 14 2016 to Feb 26 2017

    Wanderer / Wonderer

    On view October 14, 2016–February 26, 2017. Colette Fu is renowned for her immense, sculptural pop-up books. This exhibition presents works from series inspired by her travels.
  • Maria Martinez and Julian Martinez, Storage jar, ca. 1940; Polished blackware pottery with matte slip paint, 16 x 22 1/4 in. diameter; Philbrook Museum of Art, Gift of Clark Field
    Feb 17 2017 to May 14 2017

    New Ground

    On view February 17–May 14, 2017. Pottery by Maria Martinez and photographs by Laura Gilpin illuminate the midcentury Southwest as a nuanced and dynamic environment.
  • Jami Porter Lara, LDS-MHB-3SBR-0916CE-01, 2016; Pit-fired clay, 16 x 8 in. diameter; Courtesy Central Features Contemporary Art; Photo by Addison Doty
    Feb 17 2017 to May 14 2017

    Border Crossing

    On view February 17–May 14, 2017. Explore recent work by Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969), who hand-builds and pit-fires clay sculptures resembling an icon of modernity—the plastic bottle.
  • Polly Apfelbaum, “Byzantine Rocker 6,” 2014; Woodblock print on handmade paper, 24 1/8 x 37 in.; Printed and published by Durham Press; Image courtesy of Durham Press, © Durham Press and the artist
    Mar 10 2017 to Jul 02 2017

    Chromatic Scale

    On view March 10–July 2, 2017. Polly Apfelbaum employs bright colors and abstract motifs in her prints, using methods that are simultaneously ordered and spontaneous.