Great Washington Museums: The Art Museum of the Americas

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of the Art Museum of the Americas’s signature works by a woman artist, Amelia Pelaez’s Blue Angel. Visit www.nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Amelia Pelaez, Blue Angel, 1945; Gouache on paper, 32 x 28 ½ in.; Collection Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States; Gift of Joseph Cantor

Amelia Pelaez, Blue Angel, 1945; Gouache on paper, 32 x 28 ½ in.; Collection Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States; Gift of Joseph Cantor

Amelia Pelaez (Cuban, 1896–1968) studied at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts of Havana, then went to Paris to continue her studies. Upon her return to Cuba, Pelaez became an active member of the Cuban modern art movement, influencing the break from the traditional painting styles. She participated in the 1944 Modern Cuban Painters exhibition at MoMA in New York, the 1951 and 1957 Sao Paulo Biennials, and the 1952 Venice Biennial. In 1968 Cuba awarded her the Orden nacional “30 aiios dedicados al arte.” On view January 9–December 9, 2012. Palaez’s work will be surrounding by three other paintings by iconic Latin American women artists.

Art Museum of the Americas, 1889 F St., NW; http://museum.oas.org