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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–May 02,2021 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

Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer & His Family

January 22-May 22, 2022 On view at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, Positive Fragmentation includes more than 100 works by 21 contemporary artists who use fragmentation both stylistically and conceptually. Through their prints, they question the status quo and suggest new perspectives. For some, the result is enough: pulling apart images and ideas exposes what lies beneath or heralds the value of each part. Other artists assemble fragments to create a new whole defined by its components.
Positive Fragmentation, organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is made possible through the generous support of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the American University Museum in memory of Arlene Schnitzer. Positive Fragmentation

NMWA at The National Gallery of Art

While the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) undergoes a comprehensive renovation to its historic building, 11 highlights from its collection will be loaned to the National Gallery of Art. Works by women artists including Lavinia Fontana, Eva Hesse, Frida Kahlo, Clara Peeters, and Amy Sherald have been installed throughout the National Gallery’s iconic East and West Buildings. These special installations position NMWA’s paintings and sculpture in conversation with works from the National Gallery’s own permanent collection. NMWA at The National Gallery of Art

Of Special Interest

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

Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place / PEM

Frida Kahlo at the Rose Art Museum / Brandeis University, Waltham

Susan Philipsz: If I With You Would Go PEM Salem

Georgia O'Keeffe, Photographer / Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA


Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place / PEM

Ongoing. Located in the H.A. Crosby Forbes Gallery. 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. As you move deeper into these galleries, floral forms give way to enchanting fauna and larger-than-life presentations of familiar and unexpected objects. Vanessa Placatis
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Frida Kahlo at the Rose Art Museum / Brandeis University, Waltham

February 10 - December 30, 2022 Frida Kahlo at the Rose Art Museum presents an intimate display of three self-portraits by the iconic Mexican artist, along with photographs highlighting Kahlo's devotion to her native Mexico, unique sartorial flair, modes of hiding and exposing her disabled body, her queer, gender-fluid identity, and her bold and transgressive ways of being.Frida Kahlo at the Rose Art Museum

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Susan Philipsz: If I With You Would Go PEM Salem

June 19, 2021 to February 5, 2023 In the sound work If I With You Would Go, artist Susan Philipsz sings eight different versions of the traditional ballad “James Harris,” also called “The Daemon Lover.” Philipsz uses sound, song, and site to heighten awareness of space, emotion, and memory. Her choice of song, that of a young woman lured away to sea, might be understood as a mythical and cautionary echo of the mercantile and maritime history embodied in PEM's historic East India Marine Hall. Shaping sound like a sculptor, the artist used recordings of her unaccompanied singing voice to define and articulate the space.Susan Philipsz:If I With You Would Go
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Georgia O'Keeffe, Photographer / Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA

February 26–June 12, 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer is the first exhibition devoted to O’Keeffe’s work as a photographer. Nearly 100 photographs from a newly examined archive reveal the American icon’s Modernist approach to the medium. Complementing the photographs are paintings and drawings to represent the full scope of her career.Georgia O'Keeffe, Photographer
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