Urgent Museum Notice

Collection on the Move

Wide angle view showing a full gallery. The floor is a dark gray carpet and there are two columns, through which large scale works in vibrant colors are visible.
Our building is under renovation, but we will always champion women in the arts. Visit highlights from NMWA’s collection at partner museums nearby and in special exhibitions around the world.

Extended Loans

During our renovation, visitors and residents of the Washington, D.C., region can see their favorite NMWA works in the galleries of two partner museums—the National Gallery of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

National Gallery of Art

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 1937

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

The artist stands in a stage-like space framed by white curtains. Beneath black hair woven with red yarn and flowers, heavy brows accent her dark-eyed gaze. Clad in a fringed, honey-toned shawl; long, pink skirt; and gold jewelry, she holds a bouquet and a handwritten letter.

Amy Sherald, They call me Redbone but I’d rather be Strawberry Shortcake, 2009

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

Wearing a bright yellow apron-style dress with strawberries and lace-trim details, an expressionless young woman with medium-dark skin tone rendered in grayscale stares out with her hands in her dress pockets. Her head is cocked to one side against an intensely pink-colored background.

Cecilia Beaux, Ethel Page (Mrs. James Large), 1884

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

Realistic half-portrait of a light-skinned woman, set against a dark background, with her face brightly illuminated as she gazes directly at the viewer. She is clad in dark Victorian dress with her hair pinned up under a hat adorned with a red velvet bow.

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

A woman stands in a richly brocaded red dress, her right hand reaching down to pet a small, white dog. Adorned in jewelry, she wears flowers in her hair, parted in the center. The pelt of a small mammal, its head encased in a jeweled holder, hangs from her heavily decorated belt.

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Costanza Alidosi, ca. 1595

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

A light-skinned, dark-haired woman wearing pearl and gold jewelry and a black-velvet, lace, and brocade gown poses with her lap dog. Seated in a red velvet chair in the foreground, she makes eye contact with viewers while pressing her hand on the armrest, as if to stand.

Ellen Day Hale, June, ca. 1893

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

Impressionistic half-portrait of a light-skinned young woman wearing a checkered dress in neutral tones, her brown hair in a high, loose bun. She is seated in a wooden chair, backlit from a sun-filled window, with her head bowed and focusing on the sewing project in her lap.

Sarah Miriam Peale, Isaac Avery, 1821

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

A light-skinned man with short dark hair sitting on a wooden chair. His right hand is rested on the back of the chair. He is wearing a black jacket with yellow and white shirts inside.

Sarah Miriam Peale, Susan Avery, 1821

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

A light-skinned woman with dark curly hair tied up on her head is sitting on a wooden chair. Her right hand is rested on the armrest. She is wearing a black dress with a white transparent collar.

Clara Peeters, Still Life of Fish and Cat, after 1620

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

Still life painting features a reddish ceramic colander with several types of fish. In the foreground, a cat stands alert next to shrimp and oyster shells on a gleaming pewter dish.

Eva Hesse, Study for Sculpture, 1967

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2023

Short, knotted cords, arranged in a symmetrical 9-by-9 grid emerge from a square panel and hang down. Thick, matte-gray paint coats the entire piece, adding rough texture to the panel and stiffening the cords into positions that cast irregular shadows across the work’s surface.

Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, 1663

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
June 2022 to August 2023

A young, light-skinned, brunette woman gazes down lovingly at the plump baby she holds on her lap. She wears a loose, tan turban, vivid blue cloak, and red dress with white sleeves. The light-skinned child returns her gaze, leaning back to crown the woman with a circlet of roses.

Baltimore Museum of Art

Rosa Bonheur, Sheep by the Sea, 1865

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
December 2021 to March 2022

A flock of sheep rest on a green hill by the sea. In the center, two adults and a lamb lie in a group. Flat rocks are visible through the grass. The sky has rolling clouds, and a breeze is suggested by the waves crashing on rocks in the sea, which stretches to the horizon.

Berthe Morisot, The Cage, 1885

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
November 2021 to Summer 2023

Rendered in loose, impressionistic brushstrokes in muted pastel tones, the still life painting depicts a brass birdcage with two small birds cuddled next to each other on a perch. The cage sits adjacent to and partially obscures a bowl of lush red, yellow, and white flowers.

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, Love’s Young Dream, 1887

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

A young woman in 19th-century dress stands before a wooden house in an idyllic rural landscape. She holds a bouquet and gazes at a distant horse and rider. A gray-haired woman knitting on the porch steps pauses to watch her. On the porch, a gray-haired man concentrates on a book.

Lilla Cabot Perry, Lady With a Bowl of Violets, ca. 1910

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

A young woman sits on a chair with her hair in a loose bun, wearing a white lace-trim gown. Her body turns slightly right towards a fireplace, its orange glow reflected on her hair and torso. The room is light and clean and a dark bowl overflowing with violets sits on the mantle.

Louise Moillon, A market stall with a young woman giving a basket of grapes to an older woman, ca. 1630

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

Mary Beale, Portrait of a Woman with a Black Hood, ca. 1660

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

Oval-shaped portrait of a light-skinned woman with short dark curls. Dressed in black with white lace details, a black hood covers her head. Her brown eyes gaze directly at the viewer, her expression slightly tense.

Clara Peeters, A Still Life of Lilies, Roses, Iris, Pansies, Columbine, Love-in-a-Mist, Larkspur and Other Flowers in a Glass Vase on a Table Top, Flanked by a Rose and a Carnation, 1610

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

Realistic and detailed, the still life painting meticulously renders a variety of brightly colored flowers densely arranged in a dark round vase set against a dark background. The vase sits upon a stone ledge with two stray pink roses laying in the foreground.

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Portrait of a Woman (Presumed Portrait of the Marquise de Lafayette), 1793–94

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mid-December 2021 to August 2023

A light-skinned woman with grey hair stands in front of a dark landscape. She smiles slightly, wearing a blue dress with long sleeves, white lace, and a brown belt with a dark buckle. A large white feather perches on her blue hat, a gold earring hangs from her right ear.

Alice Sheene, Queen Anne tankard and cover, 1706

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
May 2022 to August 2023

Silver tankard with cover

Mary Ann Croswell, George III child’s rattle, 1808

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
May 2022 to August 2023

Rebecca Emes, George III egg coddler on lampstand, 1808

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
May 2022 to August 2023

Square silver egg coddler sits on four thin legs connected to a circular burner below. A small hour-glass with black sand protrudes from the top of top.

Elizabeth Godfrey, George II sauce boat, 1750

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
May 2022 to August 2023

Two silversauce boats decorated with ornate, rococo scrolls, and shells.

Special Exhibition Loans

While the building is closed for renovation, numerous NMWA collection works will be featured in special exhibitions around the world.

Related Content to Collection on the Move

Judy Chicago, Pasadena Lifesavers Red #4, 1969-70

Exhibition: Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Through January 9, 2022

Four hard-edged octagonal rings, divided into wedges of brown, orange, pink, red, purple, blue, mint green, and grass green, sit on a square, white surface. Dark at the inner and outer edges and light in the center, the colors create the illusion of curved 3-dimensional objects.

Judy Chicago, Pasadena Lifesavers Red #5, 1970

Exhibition: Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Through January 9, 2022

Four hard-edged octagons, each divided into eight pie-slice shapes painted red, pink, orange, yellow, olive green, blue, violet, or lavender, occupy a square, white background. Dark at the wide and narrow ends of each wedge, the hues create the illusion of 3-dimensional forms.

Judy Chicago, Study for Virginia Woolf from The Dinner Party, 1978

Exhibition: Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Through January 9, 2022

Mixed media work on paper shows a large ink drawing of a sculptural plate with page-like leaves unfurling in a round, flower-like pattern. Smaller plate deisgns, collaged photographs of the author, and her written words are surrounded by pink, orange, yellow and green watercolor.

Alice Neel, T.B. Harlem, 1940

Exhibition: Alice Neel: People Come First

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Through February 6, 2022

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
March 3 to July 10, 2022

A sick man with medium skin tone lies on a bed with purple bedding and stares out with a dignified expression. The left side of his chest is misshapen and covered with a white bandage. Thick outlines define his body and highlights on his arms and face accentuate his frail frame.

Doris Lee, Siesta, 1944

Exhibition: Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Through January 9, 2022

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
February 6 to May 8, 2022

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
June 5 to September 18, 2022

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
October 30, 2022, to January 15, 2023

Outdoors, a dark-skinned woman in a peach dress reclines on a bed, a bird perches on the headboard and a rooster on the footboard. In the foreground, a wine glass and bowl sit on a tree stump, and an open book, bowl of cherries, pair of shoes and a wine bottle sit on the grass.

Suzanne Valadon, Nude Arranging Her Hair, ca. 1916

Exhibition: Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Through January 9, 2022

A nude woman stands in profile against dark green drapery. She turns her head away from the viewer while brushing her long, reddish-brown hair. Her light skin is streaked by unblended brushstrokes of green and orange; her figure and other shapes are delineated by dark outlines.

Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, 1663

Exhibition: By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Through January 9, 2022

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
February 6 to May 29, 2022

A young, light-skinned, brunette woman gazes down lovingly at the plump baby she holds on her lap. She wears a loose, tan turban, vivid blue cloak, and red dress with white sleeves. The light-skinned child returns her gaze, leaning back to crown the woman with a circlet of roses.

Suzanne Valadon, The Abandoned Doll, 1921

Exhibition: Mother!

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Through February 6, 2022

Seated on a bed, a fully clothed woman with light skin dries off a naked adolescent girl. The girl, wearing only a pink hair ribbon, turns away from the woman and inspects herself in a handheld mirror.

Ellen Day Hale, First Night in Venice, 1890

Exhibition: Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Through May 8, 2022

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
June 25 to September 11, 2022

Ellen Day Hale, First Night in Venice, 1890

Exhibition: Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Through May 8, 2022

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
June 25 to September 11, 2022

 

Alma Woodsey Thomas, Iris, Tulips, Jonquils, and Crocuses, 1969

Exhibition: Women in Abstraction

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Through February 27, 2022

Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turqouise, yellow, orange and red. The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.

Alma Woodsey Thomas, Orion, 1973

Exhibition: Women in Abstraction

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Through February 27, 2022

Painting features vertical tile-shaped brushstrokes in various shades of red separated by horizontal white lines. Creating a rhythmic and mosaic-like pattern that resembles stitching, the white lines create stairsteps in the lower right corner, separating as they move towards the center.

Loïs Mailou Jones, Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées, 1949

Exhibition: Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
October 30, 2021, to January 30, 2022

Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
February 25 to June 5, 2022

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
July 1 to September 25, 2022

Painting of a village with a body of water in the foreground and green mountains in the backgroud. The village is a cluster of small houses with a few spires marking churches.

Celine M. Tabary, Terrasse de café, Paris, 1950

Exhibition: Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful

Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
February 25 to June 5, 2022

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
July 1 to September 25, 2022

Painting, rendered in Cubist-style, is a kaleidoscope of colorful geometric shapes forming the elements of busy outdoor cafe scene. Waiters in white jackets serve patrons seated at tables shaded by large red sun umbrellas in the background.

Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, The Shepherd David, ca. 1895

Exhibition: Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
November 14, 2021, to March 13, 2022

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
April 16 to July 31, 2022

Realistic painting depicts a light-skinned young man with dark curly hair, wearing a white tunic, set before distant mountains. He is kneeling victoriously atop a fearsome dead lion, clutching a serene lamb his right arm and gesturing heavenward with his left arm.

Faith Ringgold, American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas, 1997

Exhibition: Faith Ringgold: American People

New Museum, New York City, NY
February 17 to June 5, 2022

Colorful quilt with a multi-patterned background that depicts five medium skin toned, bare breasted dancing women wearing skirts of bananas and yellow necklaces. Below, from left to right, a medium-dark skin toned and light skin toned men and women interact and play brass instruments.

Harmony Lynn Hammond, The Meeting of Passion and Intellect, 1981

Exhibition: The Double: Identity and Difference in Art Since 1900

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
May 15 to September 5, 2022

Wall sculpture featuring two rounded rectangular forms, the right slightly smaller than the left, resembling tufted cushions. The forms perimeters and interior sections are wrapped in fabric heavily coated with matte black latex paint, accentuating the tufts and folds of the fabric.