Art Fix Friday: January 13, 2017

As the Women’s March on Washington approaches, The Huffington Post highlights NMWA’s Free Community Weekend and special “Nasty Women” tour on Sunday, January 22nd.

ARTnews shares a list of museum statements, closures, and admissions policy changes for January 20th and the following weekend.

Artists Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh organized the Pussy Hat Project for the Women’s March on Washington, offering free patterns to knit hats.

Out of more than 5,000 art submissions by women, the Amplifier Foundation selects the eight poster designs for the march. Five of the posters are available for free online.

Front-Page Femmes

The Tate plans to appoint Maria Balshaw as its first female director since the museum’s founding in 1897.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum installs an enlarged version of a miniature painting titled I Need a Hero by Pakistani artist Ambreen Butt.

Brain Pickings examines Simone de Beauvoir’s perspective on the role of chance and choice in life.

Genevieve Gaignard “fearlessly examines America’s heart” through exploring different personas.

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to create a memorial for Fanny Cornforth’s unmarked grave. Cornforth was best known as one of Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s favorite models.

Juxtapoz features LaToya Ruby Frazier’s award-winning first book, The Notion of Family, exploring the economic decline of her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Women Who Draw, a new website, showcases the work of women illustrators and allows the artists to highlight different aspects of their identity.

The Guardian shares ten books by “wild women” who transgressed social, personal, and literary boundaries, including works by Leonora Carrington, Margaret Cavendish, and Audre Lorde.

Daliyah Marie Arana, the four-year-old girl who has read more than 1,000 books, shadows Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as “librarian for the day.”

Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe for her role in the television series Black-ish and dedicated her award to women of color.

La Medea, a new production by Brooklyn-based artist Yara Travieso, “combines dance, interactive theater, live music, film, and live broadcasting, creating a genre of art all its own.”

Artsy explores the importance of feminist art that transcends boundaries race, gender, and class.

Hyperallergic explores recent documentaries about well-known painters Elizabeth Murray and Carmen Herrera.

Shows We Want to See

The exhibition Room showcases 15 private, emotionally charged spaces created by women artists, including works by Nan Godin, Louise Bourgeois, and Francesca Woodman.

The Whitechapel Gallery commissioned the Guerrilla Girls to conduct a survey on gender and racial inequality in European art institutions. The resulting exhibition shows that little has changed since their 1986 campaign “It’s Even Worse in Europe.”

Hyperallergic reflects on Kara Walker’s “tumultuous charcoal drawings” featured in a recent exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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

Art Fix Friday: October 2, 2015

The MacArthur Fellows Program announced the 24 individuals awarded “genius grants” this year—including nine women. Two prominent U.S. artists, Nicole Eisenman and LaToya Ruby Frazier, received $625,000 in funding over five years.

NPR spoke with Frazier about her work exploring the collapse of the steel industry in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Retelling the town’s history through photos of her own family, Frazier reveals the roles of African-Americans in Braddock’s industry, which had been “overlooked and ignored and erased from the history pages.” As a call for social justice, her work serves as a “human document” of the injustices faced by the working class.

Front-Page Femmes

Moa Karlberg photographs women’s faces in Sweden and Tanzania during the final stages of giving birth.

ARTINFO interviews Tania Bruguera about her new project, The Francis Effect, which confronts issues of immigration by appealing to the pope.

Jerry Saltz asks, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Bad-Boy Artists?” In this Vulture article, Saltz explains that “the art world has never really known what to do with them, mostly responding from fear.”

Flutist Clare Chase “is a model for a new generation of American classical musicians,” writes The New Yorker.

Sound artist Christine Sun Kim rethinks definitions of sound and silence.

A new project invites contemporary women artists to imagine the narratives and voices of characters in Western art’s recurring images of women reading.

International art curator Koyo Kouoh discusses contemporary African Art and the “invisible boundary” of the Sahara.

Hillary Clinton made a “girl power” Spotify playlist. Slate lists more empowering songs by women artists.

Nancy Meyers’s The Intern gets dismissed by male critics as a “chick flick.” The Guardian says, “It’s not unusual for [female filmmakers’] work to receive unduly harsh criticism.”

Screenwriter Julia Hart discusses her work in the feminist Western film, The Keeping Room. Hart enjoys taking “classic tropes that have been dominated by men and turning them around and making them female.”

The Women’s List is an oral history of 50 years of women’s equality told through 15 trailblazing women.

Author Julie Schumacher becomes the first woman to win the Thurber prize for humor writing.

Singer and model Grace Jones releases her memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs.

Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last is a strange version of reality.

New York Magazine shares words of wisdom by 25 famous women writers.

Shows We Want to See

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta investigates the mostly-forgotten films of the multi-talented feminist artist. artnet says the exhibition “remedies this fractured past, so that the artist can be more than her tragedy.”

Including over 90 works, The Indestructible Lee Miller reveals how Miller’s experience as a model for Vogue and Man Ray influenced her photography.

Mexican Photography: Women Pioneers includes photos from “some of Mexico’s most celebrated photographers, though most are not famous outside the art world.”

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