Organized by six themes—Family Matters, Roots to Routes, Rebels with a Cause, Built to Order, Space Explorers and the Great Outdoors—each gallery examines subjects that engage women artists worldwide. A selection of recently announced gifts from the trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art are also displayed at NMWA for the first time, including Marisol’s The Large Family Group, Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Pregnant Nana and Kiki Smith’s Breast Jar, among others.
“To ensure engaging visitor experiences in our galleries, we are pleased to rehang our collection as it grows and evolves in thematic focus,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “In art museums, installations organized by historical chronology have often been an obstacle to the inclusion of women artists, since they only started appearing in sizable numbers in the 20th century. This is especially true for women artists of color.”
Featuring more than 150 works, NMWA’s new installation highlights renowned artists such as Chakaia Booker, Mary Cassatt, Judy Chicago, Sonya Clark, Lavinia Fontana, the Guerrilla Girls, Candida Höfer, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Kruger, Nikki S. Lee, Marisol, Joan Mitchell, Berthe Morisot, Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Rachel Ruysch, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sherald, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Alma Woodsey Thomas, Anne Truitt and Remedios Varo. In addition to the recently announced gifts from the trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, select works of art on view at NMWA for the first time include objects by Marina Abramović, Margaret Bourke-White, Florence Henri, Mwangi Hutter, Zanele Muholi, Pansy Napangati, Ruth Orkin, Rosângela Rennó, Laurie Simmons, Mildred Thompson and Grazia Toderi.