The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting Rodarte – the museum’s first fashion exhibition - thru February 10.The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte was founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The exhibition showcases “the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry.” The focus is on more than 90 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway.Their conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity “employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques.”
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words thru April 14.The contemporary Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt features contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter. While the intricate details of her works on paper invite close looking and discovery, her content tackles larger global issues of oppression, violence, and the role of art as social commentary.”
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting a New York Avenue Sculpture Project by Betsabeé Romero, thru September 28, 2020.Romero, who is a contemporary Mexico City-based sculptor, developed four sculptures expressly for the installation by assembling carved and painted tires into totemic structures. The structures “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 gives 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