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A young boy looks at a ceramic sculpture in a case in a special exhibition at the museum
Photo credit: Yassine El Mansouri

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

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Arizona

SEP 23 2017–JAN 21 2018

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

This exhibition features 70 works—many on view publicly for the first time—of nine contemporary women artists hailing from remote regions of Australia. Together, they exemplify the enduring sisterhood of the artists, who have become pillars of their communities.


California

SEP 15–DEC 31 2017

Radical Women: Latin American Art

Hammer Museum

The groundbreaking exhibition Radical Women presents 260 works by over 100 influential women artists from 15 countries. Photography, video, and other experimental mediums map the first genealogy of feminist and radical practices in Latin America and their contributions to the field of contemporary art on a global scale.


Colorado

OCT 22 2017–JAN 14 2018

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

Denver Art Museum

Her Paris features 80 paintings from 1850–1900 by 37 women artists who came from Europe and America to build their careers in the Paris art community. The exhibition demonstrates how, despite social barriers, women established their own academies, exhibitions, and artistic organizations.


District of Columbia

NOV 19 2017–APR 01 2018

In the Tower: Anne Truitt

National Gallery of Art

In her first major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, In the Tower explores the studio life of artist Anne Truitt, tracing her artistic development from 1961 to 2002 through nine sculptures, two paintings, and 12 works on paper.


Florida

SEP 05–OCT 22 2017

Spotlight: Julie Mehretu: Epigraph, Damascus

Norton Museum of Art

Epigraph, Damascus (2016) incorporates a series of deconstructed architectural renderings of Damascus, Syria in a moving six-panel print, which contains Mehretu’s deeply expressive commentary on current events.


Georgia

SEP 30–DEC 10 2017

Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris

Georgia Museum of Art

Louise Blair Daura was an accomplished, yet understudied figure whose work and life provide a window into the artistic milieu of her time. The exhibition features all of her known works, including paintings, drawings, and prints from collections in the United States and in France.


Massachusetts

OCT 07 2017–OCT 07 2018

Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Liz Glynn presents an ambitious sculptural experience of sight, sensation, sound, and scent. The Archaeology of Another Possible Future is a complex production that draws from Glynn’s interest in the rise and fall of empires, the assignment of cultural value, and labor and production.


Maine

OCT 06–DEC 31 2017

Nan Goldin: Family History

Portland Museum of Art

Nan Goldin left her parents’ home at 13 and began photographing the people in her life, using the medium as a means of communication, self-reflection, and poetic expression. This exhibition is a visual autobiography of the artist that conveys kinship and new models of family.


Maryland

OCT 25 2017–MAR 18 2018

Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Baltimore Museum of Art

Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s work, Front Room, draws upon the artist’s experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States. The artist uses a technique of layering paint, fabric, and photographic transfers to energize the work and show the development of her identity.


Michigan

SEP 08 2017–JAN 07 2018

Dana Awartani: Detroit Affinities

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 

Using mathematical principles, numerical symbols, and traditional Islamic patterning, Dana Awartani uses a visual language of the past to create paintings, installations, sculptures, performances, and textile works that are both beautiful and rich with commentary about contemporary issues.


Minnesota

SEP 30 2017–FEB 04 2018

A Place We Share: Aliza Nisenbaum

Minneapolis Institute of Art

During an artist’s residency at Mia, New York–based painter Aliza Nisenbaum hosted a portrait studio in the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Her first solo exhibition presents large-scale group portraits that examine the relationship between underrepresented communities and the city’s cultural institutions.


New York

SEP 24 2017–JAN 28 2018

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Museum of Modern Art

This exhibition explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois. MoMA has an archive of her less-well known printed oeuvre, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans.


Ohio

SEP 22 2017–FEB 25 2018

Swoon: 1999–2017

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati

Caledonia Curry, also known as Swoon, is a social champion in a field traditionally dominated by men and typically deemed illegal; she has redefined what “street art” means today. This exhibition presents the first major survey of her work, including a new large-scale public installation. Swoon spoke about her multifaceted practice as part the Fresh Talk series at NMWA last year. 


Pennsylvania

SEP 13–DEC 23 2017

Nathalie Du Pasquier: BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

A retrospective of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier, this exhibition features more than 100 works that juxtapose graphic patterns with abstracted figurative paintings, creating a fully immersive environment that attemptes to dismantle the distinction between design and fine art.


Pennsylvania

SEP 14–NOV 25 2017

Tao Hua Yuan Ji: The World’s Largest Pop-Up Book

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Colette Fu will build the biggest pop-up book in the world in the PPAC’s Gallery, where visitors can watch the book making progress. Once completed, visitors will be able to look inside and enter the center of the book through an opening four feet high. The book’s magic will be revealed through a ceremonial opening every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.


Rhode Island

JUL 21 2017–FEB 25 2018

Ariel Jackson: The Origin of the Blues

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Ariel Jackson’s work follows in the Afrofuturist tradition, a movement that combines science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentric references to develop empowered, otherworldly narratives. The artist uses video, animation, performance, and sculpture to explore historical memory and cultural identity.


Tennessee

OCT 25 2017–JUN 2018

Rotunda Projects: Lisa Hoke

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

In this exhibition, contemporary artist Lisa Hoke constructs colorful and richly textural abstract installations using recycled materials. Hoke’s work offers not just an aesthetic experience, but asks visitors to question the materials as part of an art object.


Vermont

SEP 30 2017–JAN 21 2018

Patty Yoder: Hooked on Patty Yoder

Shelburne Museum

Hooked on Patty Yoder is an exhibition that surveys the 13-year career of American rug hooker Patty Yoder, who set a new standard within the field of American textile arts with her attention to color, composition, and technique.


Washington

SEP 22 2017–MAR 25 2018

Humaira Abid: Searching for Home

Bellevue Arts Museum

In her first solo exhibition, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid reveals works inspired by time she spent with resettled refugee women. Seven installations of wood sculptures and miniature paintings take viewers on a narrative “search for home.”


Texas

SEP 21–DEC 31 2017

The Work of Annita Delano

Ellen Noel Art Museum

A leader of the modernist painting movement in California, Annita Delano painted most summers in New Mexico and Arizona, living among the Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni Indians. This exhibition showcases her lifetime of work including paintings, watercolors, sketches, artist notes, and personal memorial.

National Museum of Women in the Arts