Last Thursday at NMWA, we held Member Day for three just-opened exhibitions, Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind, The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back, and Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul.
As we do for every new exhibition, we invited our members (who may each bring a guest) to come enjoy the new shows and take advantage of special tours led by the staff. For this Member Day, we were very lucky in having a special guest, Marjorie Devon, the director of the Tamarind Institute, who came to speak about Tamarind, the art of lithography, and the works in the exhibition. Ms. Devon has worked at the Tamarind Institute, which is located inAlbuquerque, for almost 40 years, and she has been the institute’s director for 22. Her lecture focused on the interesting and time-intensive technique of lithography and the collaboration of artists with master printers. She told firsthand, often funny stories about the artists and their visits to Tamarind. (Devon has recorded some of these stories for NMWA’s guide-by-cell audio program. These audio files are accessible at the museum; a selection will also be posted here on the Broad Strokes blog throughout the exhibition. Please feel free to listen to Devon’s introduction and her thoughts on Polly Apfelbaum, accessible in previous blog posts.) Describing the show and lecture, one member commented, “The opportunity to hear the description of the lithography process made the tour extra-special!” Another member raved that the Tamarind show was “Superb!”
NMWA staff members also led tours of the Guerrilla Girls and Susan Swartz exhibitions. The Girls fascinated our members with their “up-in-your-face” approach to critiquing the contemporary art world. The Susan Swartz show focused on the artist’s connection with nature and her concerns about environmental issues, which are so significant today. Each show brought a different flavor to the day, and members enjoyed all three.
By the end of Member Day, which ran 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 107 visitors had joined us for coffee and refreshments in the museum’s Great Hall as well as the interesting and thought-provoking tours and exhibitions. Thank you to everyone who attended Member Day, and we hope to see you at the next one!
—Carolyn Higgins is the member services intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts