The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day, with free admission to the public. The information below is current as of April 2016. To find out more about programs at NMWA, visit the online calendar.
Artists in Conversation: She Who Tells a Story
Friday, June 10, 6:30–9 p.m.
Join artist Rania Matar and guests in conversation over light refreshments. Matar discusses her background, artistic process and philosophy, and works featured in the She Who Tells a Story exhibition during this informal and intimate in-gallery experience. Ample time allows participants to explore the galleries, learn about Matar’s work and engage in small-group conversations. $25 general; $15 members.
Artists in Conversation: She Who Tells a Story
Wednesday, July 27, 6:30–9 p.m.
Join artists Boushra Almutawakel and Tanya Habjouqa and guests in conversation over light refreshments. Almutawakel and Habjouqa discuss their backgrounds, artistic processes and philosophies, and works featured in She Who Tells a Story during this informal and intimate in-gallery experience. Ample time allows participants to explore the galleries, ask about the artists’ work and engage in small-group conversations. $25 general; $15 members. Reservations required.
CULTURE CAPITAL PROGRAMS
Homage to Umm Kulthum: Star of the East
Sunday, July 10, 2–5 p.m.
In conjunction with She Who Tells a Story, NMWA presents a half-day of programs and performances honoring Umm Kulthum (Egyptian, ca. 1904–1975), the iconic contralto singer and songwriter. Performances in Arabic from Kulthum’s beloved repertoire are paired with speakers who discuss her impact as an artist and role model. Presented in collaboration with the Middle East Institute with support from the Abu Dhabi Arts and Music Festival. $15 general; $10 members, seniors, students. Reservations required. Tickets on sale April 10 at http://nmwa.org/events/cultural-capital-homage-umm-kulthum.
Capital Fringe Festival: Women of the Fringe
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., Saturdays, July 16 and July 23, 12 p.m., and Sundays July 17 and July 24, 12:15 p.m.
The Capital Fringe Festival presents five days of women-focused live performances. Full Festival schedule and list of performances available starting June 20. Reservations recommended. Single tickets cost $17. All audiences must have a Fringe Button. Tickets, Buttons and multi-show passes will be available starting June 20 at the Capital Fringe website or by calling 866-811-4111 and pre-show at the door during performance days. Doors open 15 minutes before show time.
March on Washington Film Festival: Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement—Honoring Carmen de Lavallade
Wednesday, July 20, 6–8 p.m.
Poet, essayist and teacher Elizabeth Alexander explores the historic career of dance, theater, film and television phenomenon Carmen de Lavallade in conversation with the groundbreaking artist herself. Get ready for an evening rich in culture, creativity, struggle and remembrance. $5 general. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale May 1. Reserve online athttp://marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.
IN THE GALLERIES
Most days, 2 p.m.
Join us for 30-minute “conversation pieces” most days at 2 p.m. These brief experiences spotlight two works on view. Check in at the Information Desk to learn more. Free with admission. No reservations required.
Lunchtime Gallery Talks
Wednesdays, June 1–August 31, 12–12:30 p.m.
These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered most Wednesdays. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging visitors to look closely and investigate the mediums, techniques and overarching themes of special exhibitions and works from the museum’s collection. Free. No reservations required.
6/1: She Who Tells a Story
6/8: She Who Tells a Story
6/15: Collection Connections
6/22: She Who Tells a Story
6/29: She Who Tells a Story
7/6: She Who Tells a Story
7/13: Alison Saar In Print
7/20: Collection Connections
7/27: She Who Tells a Story
8/3: Collection Selections
8/10: Alison Saar In Print
8/17: Collection Selections
8/24: Collection Selections
8/31: Collection Selections
Free Community Days
Sundays, June 5, July 3 and August 7, 12–5 p.m.
The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day at NMWA, with free admission to the public. Take this opportunity to explore current exhibitions as well as the museum’s collection. For a complete schedule, visit the online calendar. Free. No reservations required.
A Picture Plus a Thousand Words: Aligning Art with Stories
Sundays, June 5 and July 3, 1–3 p.m., Tuesdays, June 14 and July 26, 6–8 p.m.
In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” This series connects short stories by women from Iran and the Arab world with individual photographs in She Who Tells a Story. For each session, participants will read a short story, examine a selected photograph and read a short non-fiction article that grounds the creative works in lived realities. Events will feature artwork introductions by NMWA educators and facilitated discussions. Program in conjunction with The Alignist. Free. Reservations required. For additional information, visit the online calendar.
6/5: On War and Women
6/14: Life in Conflict
7/3: On Motherhood
7/26: Desires and Dreams
Tour: Collection Mash-Up
Sunday, August 7, 1–2 p.m.
Attend a free, docent-led drop-in tour exploring the museum’s collection. Free. No reservations required.
Saturdays, June 11 and July 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Inspired by She Who Tells a Story and its celebration of storytelling and documentation, these workshops explore various expressive techniques—including handwriting, poetry, bookmaking and photography—and provide the tools and time for participants to document and share their own stories. These workshops are designed to instruct and engage audiences 13 and older. Materials and instruction will be provided. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students. Reservations required.
Teacher Program: Art, Books, and Creativity Institute
Monday–Friday, July 18–22, 2016, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Empower and inspire your students through art! Join NMWA’s education staff, a professional book artist, and curriculum and literacy specialists for this intensive and fun week centered on NMWA’s Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) curriculum. No prior art experience is necessary, and classroom teachers are especially encouraged to apply. Participants receive free art materials for their classrooms and can register for graduate credit through Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., for an added fee. Free. For more information and to apply, visit http://nwma.org/learn/educators.
Education programming is made possible by Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson; Team Freiman at Morgan Stanley; Northern Trust; the Leo Rosner Foundation; Newman’s Own Foundation; and Wells Fargo. Additional support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Harriet E. McNamee Youth Education Fund; William and Christine Leahy; Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square; and the Junior League of Washington.
The Women, Arts and Social Change public program initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas, the MLDauray Arts Initiative, Denise Littlefield Sobel and the Swartz Foundation. Additional support provided by Deborah G. Carstens, Stephanie Sale and Dee Ann McIntyre. FRESH TALK: Carrie Mae Weems presented by RBC Wealth Management. Catalyst is made possible, in part, by the Bernstein Family Foundation.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
April 8–July 31, 2016
In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” The idea of a woman storyteller is a fitting premise for these photographs made by pioneering women with roots in Iran and the Arab world. Each image tells a poignant story, and each artist offers a vision of the world she has witnessed. The contemporary photographs featured in the exhibition reflect the complexities of unprecedented change. Artists take photographs within urban and rural landscapes and in public and private spaces. They probe ideas about personal identity and vital political issues in their home regions. Their images invite viewers within these areas and far away to explore new cultural landscapes and to confront their own preconceptions. The exhibition includes work by Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat and Newsha Tavakolian. Their provocative works range in genre from portraiture to documentary to staged narratives. Through new photography, She Who Tells a Story shifts perspectives and opens a cultural dialogue that begins with art.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Presentation of the exhibition at NMWA is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor. Additional funding is provided by Marcia and Frank Carlucci, Cindy and Evan Jones, and the Georgia Committee of NMWA.
Priya Pereira: Contemporary Artist Books from India
May 16–November 18, 2016, in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.
Priya Pereira (b. 1967) is a book artist based in Mumbai, India. Trained as a graphic designer and isolated from other book artists, Pereira began creating artists’ books ten years before she knew that the genre had a name. She has published limited-edition works under the imprint Pixie Bks for the last 22 years, exploring subjects including Indian culture, time and language through creative structures, use of type and hand-drawn images. Pereira’s books are full of word play and whimsy. The artist describes The Book of F as “dotted with ditties that popularize the ‘F’ word without once mentioning the most used and abused word,” and her The Wise Man and His Long Beard represents an Indian folktale through a beard made out of lamp wicks. This exhibition showcases ten of Pereira’s artists’ books.
Alison Saar In Print
June 10–October 2, 2016
Alison Saar (b. 1956) uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore themes of feminine, racial and cultural identity. The artist’s hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms. Her central figures hold evocative objects—snakes, knives, fry pans, plants or bottles—that allude to a range of myth, lore and legend. Drawn from both NMWA’s and private collections, the exhibition also brings to focus how Saar’s printmaking practice relates to her sculptural work.
Alison Saar In Print, presented in the Teresa Lozano Long Gallery of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is organized by the museum and generously supported by the Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Inc. and the members of NMWA.
Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu
October 14, 2016–February 26, 2017
Colette Fu is renowned for her immense, sculptural pop-up books. This focus exhibition presents works from her series “Haunted Philadelphia,” inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and “We are Tiger Dragon People,” her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province, her ancestors’ homeland. Fu’s works combine images of landscapes she has explored with elements of fairy tales and folklore. Through engineering feats, she transforms her photographs into oversized pop-ups, some with kinetic elements and blinking lights. Gathered together, Fu’s books form a pop-up fantasy world.
Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-ups by Colette Fu, presented in the Teresa Lozano Long Gallery of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is organized by the museum and generously supported by its members.
Image Credit Lines:
Tanya Habjouqa, Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009; Pigment print, 20 x 30 in.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum purchase with general funds and the Horace W. Goldsmith Fund for Photography, 2013.567; Photo © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Carmen de Lavallade: Photo by Julieta Cervantes
Gohar Dashti, Untitled #5, from the series “Today’s Life and War,” 2008, Chromogenic print, 27 5/8 x 41 3/8 in.; Courtesy of the artist, Azita Bina, and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston; © Gohar Dashti
Photo by Laura Hoffman
Boushra Almutawakel, Untitled (from “The Hijab” series), 2001; Chromogenic print, 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.; Courtesy of the artist and the Howard Greenberg Gallery
Priya Pereira, Puzzle de Brasil, 2001; Artist’s book published by Pixie Bks; Image courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Alison Saar, Snake Man, 1994; Woodcut and lithograph on paper, 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honor of the artist; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
Colette Fu, Dai Food, 2008–12; Ink on paper with cloth, 22 x 32 x 25 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Museum purchase with funds donated by Book Arts Fellows