|CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Through September 27, 2015
The third installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project honors a pioneer among women artists. Five works by internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) are on view in the median of New York Avenue, NW, between 12th and 13th Streets. Abakanowicz’s monumental bronzes representing human figures and her dynamic stainless steel birds in flight exemplify universal issues: the power of nature, the force of destruction and the resiliency of hope. The New York Avenue Sculpture Project is the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists. Organized by NMWA, the Sculpture Project is a collaboration between the museum, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies.
The New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Foundation.
Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator
November 17, 2014–May 8, 2015, in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.
Doris Emrick Lee (1905–1983) was an American painter and illustrator best known for her painting Thanksgiving, which won the prestigious Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1935. In her wide-ranging career, she painted murals for the United States Post Office buildings, participated in annual exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute in D.C., created commissioned work for Lifemagazine and illustrated children’s books. Lee’s art was also featured on greeting cards, calendars, menus, pottery and fabric. This exhibition showcases photographs, sketches and objects from the Doris Lee Papers housed in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
December 5, 2014–April 12, 2015
Iconic and devotional, but also fraught with social and political significance, the image of the Virgin Mary has shaped Western art since the sixth century. Organized by NMWA, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea features Renaissance- and Baroque-era works drawn from the Vatican Museums; European state, church and private collections; and private and public collections in the United States. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue reflect the project’s ecumenical approach by offering new views of Mary through a range of contemporary art-historical perspectives. Works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Orsola Maddalena Caccia and Elisabetta Sirani highlight the ways in which women artists conceptualized the subject of Mary. They are featured alongside treasured paintings, sculptures and drawings by Botticelli, Dürer, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Tiepolo and others.
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., with the support of MondoMostre, Rome. The exhibition is made possible with sponsorship from Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Jacqueline Badger Mars, as well as Barbara and Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., Rose and Paul Carter, and Alejandra and Enrique Segura. The museum is grateful for the generosity of Bertha Soto Braddock, Vincent C. Burke III, Marcia Myers Carlucci, Betty Boyd Dettre, Albert Halprin and Janice Obuchowski, Albert Baker Knoll, Marlene A. and Frederic V. Malek, the Mississippi State Committee of NMWA, Marjorie and Philip Odeen, John D. Reilly, J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II, the Texas State Committee of NMWA, and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, in addition to substantial support from several anonymous donors. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. NMWA gratefully acknowledges its partnerships with the Embassy of Italy and The Catholic University of America. The exhibition celebrates the occasion of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 1 through December 31, 2014.
Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website at nmwa.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook or Twitter.