The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is presenting Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, thru January 20.The exhibition is comprised of nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, plus two large bronze sculptures. Through this series, “the artist reflects on her own mortality and appeals for compassion and justice for all earthly creatures affected by human greed.” Image below: Judy Chicago - Photo by Donald Woodman
Conterminously with the Judy Chicago exhibition the NMWA will exhibit Live Dangerously, thru January 20.Live Dangerously features “fierce, dreamy, and witty images of the female figure integrated into Earth’s terrain. Photographs by 12 artists depict women claiming their natural environments—balancing on blocks of ice, struggling against the wind on ocean shores, and scrambling to the tops of precariously tall trees.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibition examines the lives and works of several highly successful artists in the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th centuries, including Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Maria Moninckx, Magdalena van de Passe, Clara Peeters, Rachel Ruysch, Maria Schalcken, Anna Maria van Schurman, and Alida Withoos. “Taken together, the works by these artists demonstrate their talent in a variety of genres—from still lifes to scenes of everyday life to botanical illustrations—as well as a range of mediums.”
Image below: Clara Peeters, Still Life of Fish and Cat, after 1620; Oil on panel, 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
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