The National Museum of Women in the Arts will exhibit a New York Avenue Sculpture Project by Betsabeé Romero, September 28, 2018-September 28, 2020.Romero, who is a contemporary Mexico City-based sculptor, will develop four sculptures expressly for the installation by assembling carved and painted tires into totemic structures. The structures will “speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment.”The artist uses a process similar to tattooing as she carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. Interior lighting will give each piece an otherworldly glow.
Image below: Betsabeé Romero, En cautiverio (In captivity) (rendering), 2018; Two tractor tires with engraving, gold leaf, and silver leaf and steel support, each approx. 78 3/4 x 51 1/4 x 19 5/8 in.; Courtesy Betsabeé Romero Art Studio
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018, thru September 16.The exhibition features artists who “enthusiastically investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms. The series titled Women to Watch is presented every three years and is “a dynamic collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees.”
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is exhibiting Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career, thru November 25. The exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a thirty-year period. The exhibition centers on “her discovery of books created through inventive techniques such as piercing, pleating, curling, tying, and carving. The books featured reveal Wasserman’s love of both drama and whimsy. Through this recently-retired curator’s expert work, NMWA has become a world-renowned repository for this dynamic and highly expressive art form.”