Trove Trilogy

Alison Saar, "Snake Man" 1994

Alison Saar, "Snake Man" 1994; Woodcut and lithograph on paper, 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Steven Scott

Written by theater specialist and George Washington University professor Jodi Kanter and directed by theater educator and actor Brent Stansell, Trove Trilogy explores the lives and work of three artists highlighted in the Trove: The Collection in Depth exhibition. Three brief one-act plays will be performed in the exhibition galleries, within view of each artist’s work. In Maria’s Metamorphoses, four actors represent four aspects of Maria Sibylla Merian’s career. A game of Dada Go Fish sets the scene for a private conversation between Berenice Abbott and Coco Chanel in Before the Sitting. In Before the Opening, Alison Saar asks a recurring subject in her oeuvre for inspiration.

Maria Sibylla Merian, "Plate 11 (from "Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam", second edition)" 1719

Maria Sibylla Merian, "Plate 11 (from "Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam", second edition)" 1719; hand-colored engraving on paper, 15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay

Trove Trilogy celebrates the works of women artists, writers, and performers. In the spirit of the exhibition, Trove Trilogy, which will be performed in the galleries, invites visitors to interact with art in a new and compelling way. With the art as the backdrop, visitors will have the double impact of seeing performance and fine art in one experience. We hope that visitors will connect with the works on a deeper and more meaningful level because of the performances.

As an advocate for using theater to teach in museums, I could not be more thrilled! Theatrical performance is most often seen at historic sites, science centers, and aquariums. Not only does this type of program support NMWA’s mission, but it provides an exciting vehicle in which to share the stories of artists and art in our collection and temporary exhibitions. I hope to facilitate many more such performances at NMWA in the future!

Performances will be held on Thursday, October 27, at noon, Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m., and Monday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the exhibition galleries of Trove: The Collection in Depth. Please join us for this exciting new program!

—Elizabeth Keaney is the Assistant Educator at NMWA and the Secretary of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL).

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