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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.

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MAR 24–MAY 07 2017

12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Nearly 60 women artists come together to showcase works in painting, drawing, and sculpture that exhibit notions of life in the West. This highly anticipated show is an annual event held by the museum and is now in its 12th year.


FEB 24–SEP 27 2017

Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City

San Jose Museum of Art

Fascinated by boundaries, Diana Al-Hadid questions use of space with her incredible room-sized sculptures. Liquid City dives into Al-Hadid’s creative process, her materials, and her experience as an immigrant from Syria.


OCT 14 2016–JUN 04 2017

Susan Hiller: Lost and Found

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Known for her ability to transform rooms into hauntingly beautiful and profound spaces, Susan Hiller uses video to leave an impact on visitors. In her new installment, Lost and Found, an audio collage plays voices in 23 different languages, including some extinct or endangered, as a way to remind visitors of the humanity of shared experiences.


SEP 30 2016–AUG 06 2017

Monika Sosnowska

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sosnowska’s contorted sculptures exist between representation and abstraction, between the present and the past. In particular, her investigation of the past addresses Soviet-era architecture in Poland and  buildings that no longer exist or have been repurposed. Market (2013) was inspired by the market stalls of her hometown of Warsaw. 


JAN 28–JUN 11 2017

Bodies in Motion

University of Iowa Museum of Art

Bodies in Motion compares the dance photography of Barbara Morgan to works by artists from the Renaissance to the present. The exhibition highlights Morgan’s ability to capture motion, the innovative choreography of Martha Graham, and the similar expressions of movement in pieces by various other artists.


MAR 16–JUN 18 2017

Senga Nengudi: Improvisional Gestures

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

Made of everyday materials, such as pantyhose and sand, Senga Nengudi’s sculptures invite viewers to respond and engage physically. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works reach into the space of the viewer in unexpected ways. Improvisational Gestures includes works from the 1970s to the present.


JAN 13–MAY 06 2017

Siobhan McBride: Four Hour Fortune Cookie

University of Maine Museum of Art

Through the medium of gouache on paper, Siobhan McBride creates scenes that walk the line between humorous and unsettling. Her use of bold light and color creates the effect of uncomfortably realistic objects and environments.


OCT 23 2016–JUN 06 2017

Anne Truitt: Intersections

Baltimore Museum of Art

Featuring five sculptural towers of color by the acclaimed pioneer of minimalist art Anne Truitt are on view adjacent to the BMA’s Asian and African art collections. This juxtaposition invites visitors to contemplate the ways in which essential visual elements such as color and shape transcend time and geography.


NOV 19 2016–MAR 19 2017

Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Repurposed plastic household items come together to make a statement on human wastefulness. Created by Sayaka Ganz for the KIA, this luminescent installation of colorful and glowing jellyfish, coral, kelp, and one dramatic whale asks visitors to reevaluate their relationship with nature.

New Hampshire

JAN 05–MAR 12 2017

Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish

Hood Museum of Art

Part of her ongoing series “Persian Gardens,” Bahar Behbahani explores the idea of gardens as contested places. The gardens are used as a metaphor for Iran’s troubled histories and are the subject of her paintings, installations, and videos.  


JAN 21–MAY 28 2017

Industrial Nature: Works by Michelle Stitzlein

Springfield Museum of Art

Using the humble plastic bottle cap as her medium, Michelle Stitzlein encourages recycling through the means of art making. Her colorful murals, and whimsical outdoor sculptures are created with thousands of bottle caps that would otherwise end up in a landfill.


FEB 11–APR 30 2017

Anne Hirondelle: Small Revolutions

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Anne Hirondelle is a renowned ceramics artist from Oregon known for pushing the boundaries of the ceramic medium, making functional vessels and abstract sculptures that are warmly alive and visually engaging.


JAN 10–MAY 07 2017

Eva Watson-Schütze: Pictorialist Portraits

Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University

Hailed as one of the “Foremost Women Photographers in America,” Eva Watson-Schütze is known for her misty, soft-focus photographs.  The portraits in this collection represent the members of Byrdcliffe, an art colony she was affiliated with in upstate New York.

Rhode Island

JAN 14–MAY 07 2017

Kate Blacklock: Looking Closely at What is Not There

Newport Art Museum

Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions such as Chinese landscape painting and 19th century European porcelain, Kate Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary, carrying the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one.


FEB 10–MAY 07 2017

Claire Morgan: Stop Me Feeling

First Center for the Visual Arts

Claire Morgan uses installations, cabinet sculptures, paintings, and works on paper to illustrate the intersection of humans and nature, and topics of life and death.  Intersperses her structures with taxidermied wild animals, Morgan’s work expresses respect for animals after death.


FEB 02–APR 02 2017

Carey Young: The New Architecture

Dallas Museum of Art

In her first solo museum show since 2009, Carey Young exhibits her new video work alongside earlier text-based and photographic works. The pieces selected highlight a decade of work from the artist.


FEB 03–MAR 11 2017

Mary Rothlisberger: From Nothing To Nothing Is No Time At All

Museum of Contemporary Art 

Mary Rothlisberger looks to remote landscapes and rural communities for her inspiration, with the goal of expressing issues of people relating to one another. This exhibition encourages viewers to engage in site-specific action with an adventurous spirit. 


MAR 04–SEP 17 2017

Summer Wheat: Full Circle

Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington

Summer Wheat’s unique method of using a window screen to create textured surfaces helps her create imaginary worlds in her paintings. Taking inspiration from inner and outer space, she presents these themes in literal and metaphorical ways. 

Washington D.C.

OCT 20 2016–MAY 07 2017

From Here On Now

Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable. In this exhibit she draws attention to the present and reminds us that the future is abstract and unknown.