Art Fix Friday: August 14, 2015

Inmates at a women’s prison make art dedicated to female heroes. In a collective installation titled Shared Dining, a group of ten inmates created elaborate place settings dedicated to famous women who inspired the artists.

Wall Street Journal article calls the work, “a small refuge from the grim reality of incarceration.” Inspired by The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, Shared Dining is on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

Front-Page Femmes

Western Australian artist Jukuja Dolly Snell wins the country’s most prestigious Indigenous art prize.

Mary Cassatt’s great-grandniece gives a Cassatt portrait of Col. Edward Buchanan—nicknamed “Grandpa”—to the National Gallery of Art.

ARTnews visits Nigerian artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze’s SoHo studio.

A sculpture by Phyllida Barlow is the first work in the new $750,000 fund for female artist acquisitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The Huffington Post highlights 11 exceptional women artists—including Eva Hesse, Judy Chicago, Agnes Martin, and Kiki Smith.

Canadian artist Meryl McMaster uses blind contour drawings to sculpt wire masks.

The Huffington Post lists 8 female Dada artists who “shaped the trajectory of radical artmaking and radical feminism.”

Around 50 works from poet and author Maya Angelou’s collection will go to auction. The sale includes artwork by Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

Hyperallergic explores Nicole Eisenman’s Seder at the Jewish Museum.

Sylvia Plath’s first job as a farm worker may have influenced her writing.

The Atlantic reviews the first full-length biography of famed author Joan Didion.

Stone Soup author Ann McGovern dies at the age of 85.

Cindy Sherman plays a character based on the opera singer Maria Callas in a new film.

Showtime adapts Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids for a TV series.

Less than a third of speaking roles in movies go to women.

Shows We Want to See

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis will feature hand-woven, abstract fiber-based installation and sculptures from Sheila Hicks’s 60-year oeuvre.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty explores the artist’s hyper-real work as an “astute interpretation of our deepest impulses, compulsions, and fantasies.”

The first large-scale exhibition of Israeli artist Keren Cytter is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.