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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.
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MAY 28–AUG 20 2017
This solo exhibition of Betye Saar features the artist’s series of washboard assemblage sculptures—an ongoing body of work that Saar started in the late 1990s. The washboard is a symbol Saar uses to examine the intersection of race, class, and labor.
JUN 01 –SEP 03 2017
After Life is an illuminated space that responds to the sentiment of future human expressions modeled by computer algorithms. The installation uses natural language processing and sentiment analysis to consider a future modeled after life itself. It is a contemplation of an escape from a life thoroughly scraped and decoded.
MAY 13–SEP 03 2017
Assemblage features a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area who exhibit collectively once a year. Working in various media, subjects include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms.
APR 21–SEP 24 2017
The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Toba Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in fifteen years. Khedoori frequently depicts architectural forms from distanced perspectives, rendering commonplace objects and spaces familiar yet decontextualized. The exhibit explores the artist’s nuanced and powerful body of work.
APR 27– AUG 06 2017
Dominican-American artist Firelei Báez creates large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles that evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.
MAY 05–JAN 07 2018
Crazy quilts, made by women as a leisurely pursuit and used as decorative parlor throws, were extremely popular throughout the United States in the 1880s and 1890s. This exhibition will trace the brief history of this unique style of quilt in the context of the period’s increasing industrialization and explore how women expressed their creativity through crazy quilts.
MAY 13–AUG 20 2017
A concise exhibition of the artist’s recent work, Dana Schutz combines abstraction and figuration with expressive imagination, fragmented bodies, banal objects, and quotidian scenes to create oddly compelling and intriguing pictures.
MAY 11–OCT 15 2017
This exhibit spans the artist’s career, from early examples from her student years at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie to later pieces, providing a look into her long-standing themes and idea. Celebrated as one of the most innovative sculptors of our time, Fritsch mines the history, myths, and fairy tales of Germany as well as her own thoughts and dreams to explore the nature of human perception and experience.
MAR 28–JUL 22 2017
This exhibition pays tribute to Mississippi artist Kate Freeman Clark and seeks to reintroduce her work to the history of American painting by drawing attention to the ongoing restoration of her career and her canvases.
MAY 27–AUG 27 2017
After a visit to the Plant Genetics Resource Unit (PGRU) in Geneva, New York—a joint USDA/Cornell University project—Jessica Rath created nine apple-inspired sculptures. This exhibition features materials drawn from the archive collections of the artist in the museum’s Center for Art + Environment.
JUN 09–AUG 27 2017
This exhibit features work from the major American photographer's most recent, and ongoing, series, “Homegrown.” A lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri, Blackmon approaches Middle America with a poetic combination of wonder and worry as she explores the perpetual mysteries of daily life in a particular place.
APR 21–SEP 17 2017
Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. Presenting a diverse group of artists and activists, the exhibition features a wide array of work, including conceptual, performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.
APR 08–SEP 03 2017
This exhibition features a portfolio of 18 photographs by the acclaimed American novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty, produced by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1992 to represent the range of her photographs from the 1930s and early 1940s.
JUN 02 2017– SEP 17 2017
In her first solo exhibition in the United States, artist Lu Yang presents a series of striking videos drawn from diverse references that investigate the politics of gender, religion, sexuality, and the nature of contemporary neuroscience and medicine.
MAR 11 2017–OCT 29 2017
Luzene Hill’s work in this joint exhibition focuses on issues of violence against Native women, female empowerment, and native sovereignty. In Brenda Mallory’s installation, Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes, tall shapes resembling charred timbers or skeletal plant stalks are surrounded by colorful, lively spore-like forms.
APR 28 2017–AUG 06 2017
This joint exhibition features more than 30 works by painter Ginny Casey and sculptor Jessi Reaves—several of which were created specifically for this exhibition—that reimagine the form and function of objects encountered in daily life.
MAY 26 2017–SEP 10 2017
Vadis Turner: Tempest presents objects surrounding three potential phases of a woman’s life: the young Wild Woman, the Mother, and the Elder. In her work, she transforms commonplace objects associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage.
APR 08 2017– JUL 09 2017
Katherine Bernhardt’s vibrant and youthful paintings hover between abstraction and figuration. Her subjects abound in popular and consumer culture and are depicted in a simplified, flat, gestural style that approaches a cartoonish quality. She is influenced by quotidian items, places, and African, Moroccan, and Caribbean textiles.
MAY 12 2017–AUG 13 2017
In this exhibition, renowned artist Mickalene Thomas explores the photographic image as a touchstone for her practice. Her famous paintings of domestic interiors and portraits are large-scale, multi-textured and rhinestone-encrusted. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration.
JUN 30 2017–SEP 10 2017
Following a blockbuster run at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors travels to the West Coast. Spanning over five decades, the exhibition focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-reflective Infinity Mirror Rooms, and explores how the rooms developed from material engagements with sculptural forms to ethereal mirror rooms in which light and reflections extend in all directions.