Urgent Museum Notice

NMWA xChange: Alma Woodsey Thomas and the Little Paris Group

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Tue, Sep 14, 2021
12 to 12:45 pm

Tickets and Reservations

Free. Registration required.



Beneath a soft blue sky, a picturesque village nestles in a valley between a river in the extreme foreground and verdant mountains. Combining loose and discrete brushstrokes with a palette of greens and golds, the painting recalls Paul Cézanne’s late 19th-century landscapes.
Join as hosts from the museum interview special guests, consider topics relevant to our world, and offer insight into collaborations.

Event Description

Alma Woodsey Thomas and the Little Paris Group

This monthly talk show, a spin-off of the award-winning BMA x NMWA series, connects viewers to NMWA and its mission to champion women artists. Join as hosts from the museum interview special guests including artists, educators, and curators; consider topics relevant to our world; and offer insight into collaborations that NMWA is fostering while its building is closed for renovation.

In the first episode of NMWA xChange, the museum’s associate curator Virginia Treanor, PhD, and senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso welcome independent scholar, art historian and curator Adrienne L. Childs, PhD. This discussion centers on artist Alma Woodsey Thomas and her connection to the “Little Paris Group,” a Washington, D.C.-based collective of Black artists established by Loïs Mailou Jones and Céline Marie Tabary.

Childs is an associate of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Her current book, Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, which explores the representation of Black figures in European decorative arts, is under contract with Yale University Press.

Free. Registration required.