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The latest news items from MA-NMWA.

What is NMWA?

Located in Washington D.C. and founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

To fulfill this mission, NMWA:Preserves and displays a collection of 4,500 objects, presents 10 world-class exhibitions of women artists each year maintains an 18,500-volume library and research center, publishes art history books and a triannual magazine. Programs of top quality concerts, films, staged readings and other performing arts events offer education curricula and programs for learners of all ages. NMWA also sponsors a network of over 20 national and international committees, engaging museum members who advocate for women artists at the local, regional, and international levels - See more at: NMWA


Betsabeé Romero: New York Avenue Sculpture Project

SEP 28 2018–SEP 20 2020 Betsabeé Romero: The dynamic works of Mexico City-based Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963) form the next chapter in the New York Avenue Sculpture Project. To create her four sculptures developed expressly for this installation, Romero assembled carved and painted tires into totemic structures that speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment. She embraces materials and techniques relating to popular culture. Using a process similar to tattooing, she carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. Romero’s sculptures are the first works featured in the Sculpture Project to incorporate interior lighting, which gives each piece an otherworldly glow. Betsabeé Romero

More is More: Multiples

May 3, 2019-September 22, 2019 Distinctively placed between the worlds of art and retail, multiples leap off store shelves and into the hands of consumers, collectors, and museums worldwide. These artist-designed objects (often developed in collaboration with design firms, artists’ foundations, or charitable initiatives), are produced in series of identical editions using industrial or commercial processes. More is More: Multiples presents dinner plates, totes, sunglasses, toys, and more created by artists including Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, and Jiha Moon. Multiples

Power in My Hand: Women Poets, Women Artists, and Social Change

April 1, 2019-October 31, 2019 A shared yearning for free expression has animated an enduring solidarity between women poets and artists. Using words and images, brimming with passion and determination, they communicate with and inspire one another across geographic boundaries and historic eras. Such devotion is evident in Muriel Rukeyser’s honor poem for the German artist Käthe Kollwitz and in Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party homage to Emily Dickinson. The critic Lucy Lippard has argued that “making poetry out of politics, making art from lives lived outside of power, and making politics out of that art and poetry—these are the three solid dimensions, the third power of the women’s liberation movement.” This collection of printed poems, artists’ books and art objects celebrates these creative and social bonds. Power in my Hand

Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction

September 19, 2019-January 20, 2020 Visually striking and emotionally charged, the newest body of work by feminist icon Judy Chicago continues her commitment to challenge the status quo and advocate for change. Nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, as well as two large bronze sculptures, comprise The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction. Through this series, the artist reflects on her own mortality and appeals for compassion and justice for all earthly creatures affected by human greed. Chicago’s bold, graphic style viscerally communicates the intense emotion she experienced while contemplating her own death as well as the death of entire species. Judy Chicago

Live Dangerously

September 19, 2019-January 20, 2020 As a pendant to Judy Chicago’s reflection on the transience of earthly life, this exhibition features fierce, dreamy, and witty images of the female figure integrated into Earth’s terrain. Photographs by 12 artists depict women claiming their natural environments—balancing on blocks of ice, struggling against the wind on ocean shores, and scrambling to the tops of precariously tall trees. The presentation includes Janaina Tschäpe’s series of one hundred large-scale photographs, “100 Little Deaths” (1996–2002), exhibited together for the first time. In Tschäpe’s immersive installation, images show the artist lying down in fields and on beaches, pathways, terraces, and forest floors in locations around the world. Earthly life comes to an end, but Live Dangerously illuminates the planet’s surface as a stunning stage for human drama. Live Dangerously

Of Special Interest

Items of special interest to The Massachusetts Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork, MFA

Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse, Museum of Fine Arts

Women Take the Floor, Museum of Fine Arts

Nina Chanel Abney, ICA, Boston

Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, ICA, Boston

Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama, ICA/ Boston

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker, PEM

Kimsooja: Archive of Mind, PEM

Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place, PEM

Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, The Davis

Into Form: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1957-2018, Rose Art Museum


Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork, MFA

November 17, 2018 – March 29, 2020 The international Arts and Crafts movement spurred a renaissance of handcraftsmanship in Boston at the turn of the 20th century.The “Boston look” of Arts and Crafts jewelry and metalwork began as a reaction against the dehumanizing effects of industrialization. As part of this movement, Boston quickly emerged as one of the most active and influential artistic jewelry-making and metalworking communities in the nation.
“Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” presents the story of this community over a 30-year period, from its inception at the beginning of the 20th century to the stock market crash of 1929 that signaled its decline. “Boston Made” is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the Arts and Crafts metalsmiths in Boston and highlights the contributions of newly empowered women artists like Josephine Hartwell Shaw and Elizabeth Copeland, among others. Boston Made
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Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse, Museum of Fine Arts

July 1, 2019-February 23, 2020 Jackson Pollack's largest ever painting, Mural is presented alongside a newly commissioned work by German painter Katharina Grosse (b. 1961). Known for her large-scale site-related installations, Grosse is one of the most important painters of her generation. Since the late 1990s, she has used an industrial paint-sprayer to apply prismatic swaths of color to a variety of surfaces, eroding the distinction between two and three dimensions to create immersive visual experiences. Mural
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Women Take the Floor, Museum of Fine Arts

September 13, 2019-May 3, 2021 “Women Take the Floor” challenges the dominant history of American art by focusing on the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists. This reinstallation—or “takeover”—of Level 3 of the Art of the Americas Wing advocates for diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in museums, the art world, and beyond. With more than 250 works drawn primarily from the MFA’s collection, the exhibition is organized into seven thematic galleries. [L=https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/women-take-the-floor/Women Take the Floor[EL]
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Nina Chanel Abney, ICA, Boston

January 17, 2029-March 15, 2020 Deeply invested in creating imagery that is legible and accessible, Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982, Chicago) is known for weaving colorful geometric shapes, cartoons, language, and symbols into chaotic and energetic compositions. At the ICA, she has created a mural that speaks to social tensions in the digital age, including the constant stream of true and false information, the dilemma of liberal racism, and abuses of power that lead to structural inequality. Nina Chanel Abney
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Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, ICA, Boston

September 24, 2019-February 7, 2021 An icon of contemporary art, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto, Japan) has interwoven ideas of pop art, minimalism, and psychedelia throughout her work in paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, design, and architectural interventions over her long and influential career. LOVE IS CALLING, which premiered in Japan in 2013, is the most immersive and kaleidoscopic of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Representing the culmination of her artistic achievements, it exemplifies the breadth of her visual vocabulary—from her signature polka dots and soft sculptures to brilliant colors, the spoken word, and most importantly, endless reflections and the illusion of space. Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING
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Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama, ICA/ Boston

September 24, 2019-February 7, 2021 Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of how the immersive environment of Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room LOVE IS CALLING embodies the artist’s longstanding exploration of accumulation, repetition, luminescence, life and death, and happenings. The 14th iteration of the ICA’s annual collection exhibition, Beyond Infinity will feature approximately 15 works from the 1950s to today. The exhibition will focus on Kusama’s legacy in three key areas—repetition, the self, and the kaleidoscopic. Beyond Infinity
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Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker, PEM

Through November 11, 2019 For more than 40 years, Olivia Parker has explored the relationships between vision, knowledge and the natural world. From deceptively simple still lifes that transform the commonplace to her most recent work exploring memory loss, this is the first exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of Parker’s extensive career. Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker features more than 100 intricately composed works that reflect the artist’s wide creative range and unflagging curiosity. Olivia Parker
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Kimsooja: Archive of Mind, PEM

June 22, 2019 - January 19, 2020 Kimsooja’s work transforms simple, everyday actions into moments of meditation and transcendence. Archive of Mind is a participatory installation that, with visitor collaboration, builds over the course of the exhibition. PEM presents the North American premiere of this work, where museum visitors are encouraged to sit at the large work surface, empty their minds of distraction, and sink into the essentialized experience of forming a ball of clay with their own hands. Through the course of the exhibition, thousands of clay spheres are generated through small, individual gestures that reveal the emotional traces of their makers and cumulatively generate a complex array of texture, scale, and tone. Kimsooja
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Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place, PEM

September 28, 2019-January 1, 2022 Taking Place is a wall painting installation by Savannah-based artist, Vanessa Platacis, that reimagines some of PEM’s most beloved objects. The artist researched the museum’s vast and varied holdings, diving deep to find unexpected connections across time, cultures, and materials. Platacis turned her findings into 210 canvas stencils—all drawn and cut by hand with X-Acto blades. After applying the stencils to the walls, she and her assistant used a variety of spray-paint and graffiti techniques, including drop shadows, high contrast, and layering, to apply color to the walls and give dimensionality and life to her forms. Organic forms and curvilinear lines emerged as unifying design motifs that speak to the natural world. Vanessa Platacis
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Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, The Davis

September 13 - December 15, 2019 The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, a major solo exhibition that investigates history, technology, and the home. A multimedia artist born in Nigeria in 1967 and currently based in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuggar has taught and exhibited around the world. Curated by Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin, this exhibition featuring sculpture, photo-montage, video, and augmented reality (AR) highlights Tuggar’s interrogation of the systems underlying human interactions with both high-tech gadgets and handmade crafts. She seeks to promote social justice by implicating everyone in these systems, while playfully proposing new ways of seeing and making. Fatimah Tuggar
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Into Form: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1957-2018, Rose Art Museum

June 20, 2019-January 5, 2020 Rarely seen works and recent additions to the museum's permanent collection. Rose
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