NMWA Fall Exhibitions Open TODAY!

Happy Friday! NMWA’s fabulous fall exhibitions open today, and we hope you’ll venture out in this glorious weather to enjoy!

Here’s a peek at what’s on view:

Eunice Napanangka, "Tjukurla - Other Side of Docker River", 2001 Acrylic on linen 48 x 66 in.,Collection of Ann Shumelda Okerson and James J. O'Donnell Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation Copyright remains with the artist

Eunice Napanangka, "Tjukurla - Other Side of Docker River", 2001 Acrylic on linen 48 x 66 in.,Collection of Ann Shumelda Okerson and James J. O'Donnell Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation Copyright remains with the artist

Lands of Enchantment: Australian Aboriginal Painting
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Lands of Enchantment: Australian Aboriginal Painting presents 26 masterworks by some of Australia’s best-known painters, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dorothy Napangardi Robinson, Abie Loy Kemarre, Mitjili Napurrla, and Eubena Nampitjin. These works of art, which have never been exhibited publicly, are drawn from the collection of Ann Shumelda Okerson and James J. O’Donnell of New Haven, Connecticut and Washington D.C. Lands of Enchantment also explores how contemporary Australian Aboriginal paintings are expressive representations of Dreamings—ancient Aboriginal stories about creation and ancestral spirits who inhabited an undatable past called Dreamtime. Contrary to the prevalent Western view that draws clear distinctions between nature and civilization, Aboriginal culture holds that all living beings and elements of geography have been inextricably related through time.

Robin Kahn, "Victoria's Secret", 1995 Mixed media on canvas 68 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. National Museum of Women in the Arts Gift of Maxine Kahn

Robin Kahn, "Victoria's Secret", 1995 Mixed media on canvas 68 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. National Museum of Women in the Arts Gift of Maxine Kahn

Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions, and Conundrums in Contemporary Art
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Artists today often create literal layers (as in collage), apply varying levels of abstraction, or add text in order to enrich or deepen meaning in their works. Other artists layer metaphorically, incorporating evocative symbols such as tattoos, masks, and veils. This exhibition of 39 paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints from NMWA’s collection invites viewers to consider multiple interpretations and inscribe their own ideas and experiences onto each image.

Shown in a thought-provoking thematic installation, the works in Telling Secrets will juxtapose art from a variety of cultures. This approach will reflect contemporary art’s global scope as well as encourage visitors to see both the shared and distinctive traits among art works from many cultures. Leonora Carrington, Jane Hammond, Robin Kahn, Hung Liu, Shirin Neshat, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Adriana Varejão are among the 23 featured artists.

Clarice Smith, "Dark Floral", 2008, Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, NY

Clarice Smith, "Dark Floral", 2008, Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, NY

Elements of Nature: Equines and Still Lifes by Clarice Smith
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Elements of Nature: Equines and Still Lifes by Clarice Smith features 20 paintings that exquisitely articulate Clarice Smith’s graceful vision of the natural world. Embodying both the serenity and excitement of nature, her oeuvre includes floral still-lifes reminiscent of the 17th-century masters as well as exhilarating equestrian scenes. Inspired by Whistler, Manet, and Sargent, Smith’s paintings evoke a sense of wonder at the power, grace, and majestic elements of nature.

A native of Washington, D.C., Smith has painted professionally for over 35 years. She has hosted numerous solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the United States, London, Paris, Zurich, Maastricht and Jerusalem.