The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to present a wide range of exhibitions and programs, including the much raved about and in demand “Fierce Women” tour and an opening party and gallery talks related to the exhibition Magnetic Fields. In addition, the third season of the museum’s Women, Arts and Social Change initiative continues with a Fresh Talk featuring Judy Chicago.
The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day with free admission to the public. The information below is current as of August 2017. To find out more, visit the museum’s online calendar.
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Drop-In Tour: Fierce Women
Sunday, September 3, 1–2 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, 1–2 p.m.
The Women’s Museum is brimming with artwork by and about women who thrived as professionals and influencers despite social norms that denounced such public, “unfeminine” behavior. Discover a diverse cast of fierce women who refused to let men define their place; thumbed their noses at the limited roles society accorded them; and blazed a trail as artists, activists and innovators. From the 16th-century painter who was the family breadwinner to the contemporary photographer shaping new dialogues about gender roles, the women you encounter prove that fierce gets the job done. Led by a passionate NMWA educator, this unconventional, edgy and fast-paced tour is fun, fearless and free. No reservations required, but space is limited. First-come, first-served—sign up at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tour departs from the Great Hall.
FRESH TALK: AMPLIFY—Judy Chicago
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by Sunday Supper, 6–8 p.m. Exhibition galleries open to attendees before program.
How can the arts amplify our voices and visibility? Alison Gass, director of the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, joins in a conversation with one of the pioneers of feminist art, Judy Chicago. Together they discuss Chicago’s ongoing dedication to amplifying the voices of women, most famously through her epic work, The Dinner Party (1979), which is the subject of Inside the Dinner Party Studio, a behind-the-scenes exhibition at NMWA on view Sept. 17, 2017–Jan. 5, 2018. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Reservations required. Reserve online.
Thursday, October 12, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a first look at the exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction. The opening party will include behind-the-scenes tours, local music, an open bar and light refreshments. IDs will be checked at the door. Reservations required. $30 general, $20 NMWA members. Reserve online.