The National Museum of Women in the Arts will exhibit Rodarte – the museums’s first fashion exhibition - November 10-February 10.The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte was founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The exhibition will showcase “the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry.” The focus will be 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 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
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.”