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Katie Wat, conservatrice en chef du NMWA, à l’ouverture de l’exposition “Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts” à la Whitechapel Gallery. © Les Amis du NMWA

January 18th saw the opening of Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The exhibition presents a display of photography and video works drawn from collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Works by seventeen contemporary artists from five continents capture women on camera in domestic spaces and expansive landscapes. By turning their camera to women, including themselves, these artists embrace the female body as a vital medium for expressing identity, reflecting individual and collective experience, and forming narratives. The display features works by Marina Abramović, Rineke Dijkstra, Anna Gaskell, Nan Goldin, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Candida Höfer, Icelandic Love Corporation, Mwangi Hutter, Kirsten Justesen, Justine Kurland, Nikki S. Lee, Hellen van Meene, Shirin Neshat, Daniela Rossell, Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation, Janaina Tschäpe and Adriana Varejão.

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Kirsten Justesen, Portraet Arkiv Med Samling (Portrait in Cabinet with Collection) 2013, chromogenic print mounted on Dibond with matt acrylic, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Gift of Montana Mobler A\S. Exhibition view. © Les Amis du NMWA
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Hellen van Meene, Untitled (79), 2000, Untitled (68), 1999, Untitled (151), 2002, Untitled (83), 2000, chromogenic prints, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection. Exhibition view. © Les Amis du NMWA

Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts is on at the Whitechapel Gallery until April 16 2017

Events around the show include a talk by Rineke Dijkstra, one of the artists featured in the exhibition (Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography, Febuary 16th) and a seminar on Collecting Art by Women (March 4th).

In the press:

The Whitechapel Gallery’s all-female exhibit is a quiet, intelligent protest: Terrains of the Body, review. The Telegraph, January 18th 2017

The Whitechapel Gallery’s new photography show proves that the depiction of female bodies is still a contentious issue, I News, January 18th 2017


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Bettina Flitner, Simone de Beauvoir in her studio, 12 bis rue Schoelcher, Montparnasse, Paris, March 1986; Photograph; ©

Les Amis du NMWA are delighted to announce the opening of a Simone de Beauvoir installation at the NMWA on January 6th 2017.

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir is an interpretation of the Paris working space of the famous philosopher and feminist which invites visitors to reflect on her impact and continuing influence in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture. It will be an interactive space where visitors can leave comments on how de Beauvoir has inspired them. The hashtag #BeauvoirSays will be used to share and continue the discussion.

Events around the installation include reading groups on Beauvoir’s The Woman Destroyed and Sarah Bakewell’s book At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails, as well as a panel discussion on The Second Sex taking place on April 2nd.

This exhibition was organized after NMWA was awarded the The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom 2015, thanks to the support of Les Amis du NMWA in Paris.


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Liz Ogpu, speaker at FRESH TALK: Liz Ogbu & Swoon—How do we build to better? Photo by Ryan Lash Photography

An ambitious new initiative, Women, Arts and Social Change, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is attracting new visitors to the museum and broadening its mission.

What is Women, Arts and Social Change? It’s a new series of programs focusing on women and the arts as catalysts for change. Artists, architects, critics, designers, executives from the arts sector and social theorists are all brought together with the public at the museum to advance ideas and solutions to society’s most pressing issues – especially those affecting women and girls – and to inspire action in the arts and beyond. The presentations and panel discussions are followed by either a family-style dinner for all participants or a cocktail reception allowing guests to interact with the presenters.

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Sunday Supper. Photo by Kevin Allen

Watch the latest FRESH TALKS on youtube by clicking the links below:

FRESH TALK: Liz Ogbu & Swoon—How do we build to better?

FRESH TALK: Righting the Balance—How can the arts advance body politics?

Upcoming talks:

March 29 2017: FRESH TALK: Ann Hamilton and Emily Pilloton—How can makers change the world?

Mai 21 2017: FRESH TALK: How can the arts inspire environmental advocacy?

June 14 2017: FRESH TALK: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?


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Françoise Pétrovitch, Untitled, 2014; Ink on paper, 160 x 240 cm (63 x 94 1/2 in.). © Hervé Plumet. Courtesy of Semiose galerie, Paris. Gift of Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France with support from the GRoW Annenberg Foundation.

The French artist selected for the 2015 Women to Watch group show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts was the subject of an important solo show at the Frac PACA in Marseilles : Françoise Pétrovitch – S’absenter. , from July 2 through Oct 30, 2016. The show coincided with two other exhibitions of Pétrovitch‘s work in the region at the Centre d’Art René d’Anjou (July 3 - Oct 30) in Tarascon and Espace pour l’Art (July 4 - August 6) in Arles. In 2015 Les Amis du NMWA gifted a work to NMWA with generous support from members of Les Amis du NMWA and the GRoW Annenberg Foundation.

The 2015 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom
was awarded to

the National Museum of Women in the Arts

WASHINGTON—The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom has chosen to honor the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C., with its annual award. NMWA is the first organization in the United States to be presented this award. The prize was awarded to the museum during an official ceremony on January 9, 2015, taking place at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris...

Click on the document below to read the full press release.

Click here for the Université Paris Diderot Paris 7 web site and the film of the ceremony.

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Women in Culture

For other current and upcoming exhibitions by women artists please click here.

If you are going to London, check out the events of the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, UK.

For more information about the museum’s other committees, click here.

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