ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT NMWA
This year the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) celebrates its 30th anniversary.
When NMWA opened its doors to the public in 1987, it became the first museum in the world devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of women artists. “Over the last three decades, we have charted a new course for museums by consistently, often brazenly, bolstering the careers of many women artists. It is a fact that women continue to be unfairly underrepresented in museums and galleries, nationally and internationally,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We stand as advocates for equity and excellence when it comes to women in the arts, and our generous donors and partners, visitors, and online communities support us and are key to our ongoing success. Allow me to extend an invitation to all audiences to celebrate women artists’ accomplishments by participating in our 30th-anniversary exhibitions and programs.”
To commemorate the museum’s 30th anniversary, NMWA has organized a year of special events, including a gala dinner back in April, group and solo shows, library exhibitions and talks. Exhibitions include Revival, an exhibition of contemporary women sculptors and photo-based artists, and opening in the fall, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, the first U.S. exhibition to explore the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among black women artists. Earlier in the year Les Amis du NMWA were particularly proud to announce From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir, an installation at the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center. Other library exhibitions include Wonder Women!, currently showing, and from September Inside the Dinner Party Studio, which explores Judy Chicago’s monumental and radical work The Dinner Party.
Recently NMWA has worked to increase awareness of gender equity issues with its unprecedented platform for public conversation through the Women, Arts and Social Change initiative. The Fresh Talks series continues this fall with talks by Judy Chicago and Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer in conjunction with the fall exhibitions. In November the Museum welcomes Mónica Mayer with her project, El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project. This work, which began in Mexico City in the 1970’s and has traveled widely since, gives public visibility to specific female experiences of oppression.
For more details of the exhibitions, visit the NMWA website.
Retrouvez ici le programme complet des conférences.