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EQUILIBRIUM : FANNY SIRIN
July 14 - October 29 2017

In 2017, NMWA is taking a closer look at women working in abstraction. Born in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia, Fanny Sanín developed her visual language during Colombia’s vibrant avant-garde art scene in the 1950s and ’60s. Unlike the gestural and organic paint strokes of Abstract Expressionism, Sanín’s works feature clean-edged geometric forms. Equilibrium invites viewers into the artist’s meticulous, intuitive process, which can include anywhere from four to 18 preliminary drawings preceding each finished work. Sanín uses these revisions to experiment with arrangements of form and color until she reaches her desired balance. Only then does she commit the final composition to a large-scale painting on canvas.


LIBRARY EXHIBITION
WONDER WOMEN !
From the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world to painter Edna Reindel’s tough WWII riveters, to vintage feminist comic books—it’s the celebration of the Wonder Women ! Explore images of the powerful woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists’ archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.


UPCOMING at the National Museum of Women in the Arts,

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Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Racism is Like Rain, Either it’s Raining or it’s Gathering Somewhere, 1993. Acrylic on canvas, 86 x 138 in. Credit : Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan ; © Mary Lovelace O’Neal

MAGNETIC FIELDS : EXPANDING AMERICAN ABSTRACTION, 1960s TO TODAY
October 13 - January 21 2018

NMWA’s 30th-anniversary celebration continues with Magnetic Fields : Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, the first U.S. exhibition to explore the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among African American women artists. Featuring work by more than 20 women, including progenitors like Mavis Pusey and contemporary artists such as Shinique Smith, Magnetic Fields is intergenerational in scope and highlights the longstanding presence of black women artists within the field of abstraction in America. From the brilliant colors and energetic brushwork of Alma Woodsey Thomas’s paintings to shredded tire sculptures by Chakaia Booker, works featured in this exhibition testify to the enduring ability of abstraction to convey both personal iconography and universal themes. This landmark project underscores the diversity of abstract art, which lies in its material construction as well as in its practitioners.


EL TENDEDERO/THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT
November 10th 2017 - January 5th 2018

Since 1978, Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer has been implementing El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project in various museums and communities throughout Mexico, South America, and the U.S., asking women from different classes, ages, and professions to respond to the statement : “As a woman, what I dislike most about my city is…” Participants write their responses on small pink ballots, which are then hung on a clothesline. A traditionally feminine form, the clothesline doubles as a useful tool to communicate with other women about violence against women—from sexual harassment, to domestic violence, and trafficking. Working with artists, activists, and organizations in the D.C. area, Mayer will facilitate one of her participatory works in September. The installation in the museum’s Teresa Lozano Long Gallery in November will document the project’s results, using content created through community outreach, and including documentation from past iterations.


LIBRARY EXHIBITION
INSIDE THE DINNER PARTY STUDIO
September 17th 2017 – January 5th 2018

This exhibit explores the creation of Judy Chicago’s monumental and radical work The Dinner Party through archives, documentation and film. Over the course of nearly five years and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, Chicago executed one of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century, confronting the erasure of women from history using elaborate research, craft and presentation. The extraordinary complexity of The Dinner Party’s process is illustrated through test objects, designs, documentation and revealing behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas. From nascent ideas in a sketch book to test plates and a textile template, visitors will see the historic record of this unique creation process.


WOMEN HOUSE
March 9th - May 28th 2018

Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas about the house as a feminine space persist. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project called “Womanhouse,” developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, the global artists in Womenhouse recast conventional ideas about the home through provocative photographs, videos, sculptures, and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands. With themes ranging from “Desperate Housewife” to “Dollhouse,” Womenhouse emphasizes the plurality of artists’ views on the home.


ONGOING EXHIBITION

Artists’ Books from the Permanent Collection
This ongoing exhibition highlights the museum’s diverse collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books in a variety of formats—such as sculptural, tunnel, altered, movable, miniature, and accordian. Various techniques on display include etchings, drawings, digital photography, offset printing, and mixed media.

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