Women in the Arts: Take a Look at the Fall issue to Learn about Current Exhibitions and Programming!

Pick up a copy of NMWA’s fall issue of Women in the Arts for information about exhibitions, programming, and events, and preview the amazing artwork that will be on view throughout the museum’s upcoming 25th anniversary in 2012!

On the cover, Amy Lamb’s Vase of Flowers I (1999) is currently on view in Trove: The Collection in Depth (on view through January 15), an exhibition that provides a fresh focus on NMWA’s collection, exploring subjects that have been frequently depicted in art. This color-saturated, highly detailed work by Lamb, a contemporary photographer, reflects one of Trove’s themes, “Flora and Fauna.”

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 70 (from "Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam", second edition), 1719

On view in Trove: Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 70 (from “Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam”, second edition), 1719; Hand-colored engraving on paper, 11 x 16 1/8 in.; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay

Vase of Flowers I is presented near an 18th-century oil painting by Rachel Rusych that also portrays flowers in a container, prints by 17th-century artist Maria Sibylla Merian that emphasize plants’ and animals’ intricate anatomy, and artists’ books that show how the written word can be consumed as sustenance. These juxtapositions showcase the diverse mediums and methods that women artists have used to depict plants and animals over time.

Trove also includes works that respond to themes of landscape, portraiture, family relationships, and memory. Each section—the show incorporates painting, sculpture, photography, artists’ books, silver, works on paper, and more—highlights universal themes and unique artistic responses, and celebrates, as Curator Kathryn A. Wat describes, “the richness of the museum’s collection.”

Lilian Miller, East Mountain, Kyoto Dusk, c. 1928

Lilian Miller, East Mountain, Kyoto Dusk, c. 1928; Ink on paper, 10 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.; Scripps College, Claremont, California; Gift of Robert and Marilyn Ravicz

Also featured in the fall issue, Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia 1900–1940 (on view through January 15) is organized by the Pacific Asia Museum with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Curator Kendall Brown contributed an article to Women in the Arts to describe the exhibition, which features striking imagery by four women artists—Helen Hyde, Bertha Lum, Elizabeth Keith, and Lilian “Jack” Miller—who went to Asia to learn techniques like woodblock printing and then created prints and paintings for Western audiences. As Brown describes, the show “addresses Orientalism, diverse creative reactions to Asia, and women artists’ struggles to build careers in the early 20th century.” The work reflects each artist’s personal interpretation of Asia: Hyde’s work often depicts serene, domestic settings; Lum’s pieces are full of ghostly and magical “exotica,” Keith sought to construct an “authentic” Japan by presenting its customs and costumes, and Miller’s version of Asia is powerful and atmospheric.

May Stevens, Soho Women Artists, 1978

On view in 25 x 25: May Stevens, SoHo Women Artists, 1978; Acrylic on canvas, 78 x 142 in.; Museum purchase: The Lois Pollard Price Acquisition Fund

Also in the fall issue, you’ll read about 25 x 25, a presentation of donated artwork that highlights the growth of the collection over the past quarter century. Another special work that NMWA visitors will see when they visit the museum in its 25th-anniversary year is Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jack-in-Pulpit—No. 2, on loan from the National Gallery of Art. In addition, an article by Director of the Library and Research Center Heather Slania showcases one of the LRC’s special collections, the works of artist Doris Lee.

To read the full text of these intriguing articles, as well as to discover museum news and events information, pick up a copy of Women in the Arts by visiting NMWA or becoming a member today!

—Elizabeth Lynch is the editor at the National Museum of Women in the Arts