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Glenstone Museum Only US Museum to host Major Monographic Exhibition by American Artist Faith Ringgold

Glenstone Museum Only US Museum to host Major Monographic Exhibition by American Artist Faith Ringgold

Glenstone Museum will be the only US museum to host a major monographic exhibition of more than 70 works by American artist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, NY), including nine from the Glenstone collection, as part of a two-year international tour organized by the Serpentine in London. Titled Faith Ringgold, the traveling show will open at Glenstone this spring, following a presentation at the Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden that closed in January. One of the artist’s largest survey exhibitions to date, the Glenstone presentation will feature approximately 30 additional works on loan not exhibited earlier in the tour. Glenstone is currently operating as an outdoor-only experience. Reopening dates and plans for indoor experiences, including the Faith Ringgold exhibition, will be announced soon.

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Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Dies

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Dies

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, who founded the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the first and only museum solely dedicated to championing women through the arts, died on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at the age of 98 in Washington DC. Against tremendous odds and with dedication, drive and a singular vision, Holladay created a museum to help alleviate the underrepresentation of women artists in museums and galleries worldwide.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Now Open to the Public

National Museum of Women in the Arts Now Open to the Public

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is once again open to the public, premiering two new exhibitions: Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend and Mary Ellen Clark: Girlhood. Visitors are encouraged to purchase timed tickets in advance and are required to adhere to health and operational protocols outlined here, including wearing a mask for the visit’s duration.

In-person gallery talks, tours and public programs remain canceled. A short audio guide of key artworks in the collection is available. Visit NMWA’s online calendar for a robust offering of virtual programs, including Art Chats with NMWA educators, conversations with artists, collection highlights talks, happy hours and more. The first and third Sundays of the month are free Community Days where visitors can explore our collection and special exhibitions.

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A Resolution is Reached to Save Site-Specific Installation MARABAR by Sculptor Elyn Zimmerman at National Geographic

A Resolution is Reached to Save Site-Specific Installation MARABAR by Sculptor Elyn Zimmerman at National Geographic

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), working in collaboration with the artist Elyn Zimmerman and the National Geographic Society (NGS), today announced that a resolution has been reached to prevent the demolition of Zimmerman’s site-specific installation MARABAR at NGS’ headquarters in Washington, D.C. The resolution was announced during testimony at a meeting of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), which is reviewing NGS’ proposed renovation of the plaza in which MARABAR is sited. The resolution notes that the artwork, which would have been demolished as part of the renovation, would now be moved to a new location and reinstalled at NGS’ expense. Moreover, the artist and TCLF would collaborate with NGS to locate a cultural institution or another appropriate site for MARABAR.

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Glenstone Museum Will Reopen Grounds March 4

Glenstone Museum Will Reopen Grounds March 4

Glenstone Museum will reopen its grounds on visitor days (Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) beginning Thursday, March 4, following a voluntary closure in November 2020 to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Patio will offer outdoor dining, and the Arrival Hall will be open in a limited capacity for access to restrooms and a water bottle refill station, as well as the Bookstore. The Pavilions and Gallery will remain closed until further notice.

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Ọmọlará Williams McCallister Awarded VisArts’ Art and Social Justice Fellowship

Ọmọlará Williams McCallister Awarded VisArts’ Art and Social Justice Fellowship

VisArts is pleased to announce Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (pronouns: o, love, beloved) as the recipient of the independent non-profit art center’s first Art and Social Justice Fellowship award. The Art and Social Justice Fellowship is a year-long opportunity for a visual activist to explore how thoughtfully curated art, dialogue, communication, and collaborations between artists and communities can productively navigate and inspire change towards a more equitable, just, and inclusive society. As a Fellow, Ọmọlará will receive a monthly stipend, time and space for research, mentorship, and opportunities for public programming, teaching, and writing.

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The Phillips Collection Appoints Five New Trustees

The Phillips Collection Appoints Five New Trustees

The Phillips Collection has elected five new members to join its Board of Trustees. The new members bring a wealth of new perspectives to the Phillips and their range of expertise will provide the museum with additional tools to celebrate its centennial year in 2021 and continue its impact.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patty Alper, Barbara Brown, Jane Chu, Paul Killian, and Sala Elise Patterson to our Board of Trustees,” said Vradenburg Director & CEO Dorothy Kosinski. “These accomplished individuals bring insights, expertise, and diverse perspectives that will enhance all of our work at the Phillips—from education to communications and visitors experience—important capacities as we embark on our next 100 years.”

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Carla Brown’s Everyone But Two Commemorates Grandparents’ Cross-Country Travels as “Black Ambassadors”

Carla Brown’s Everyone But Two Commemorates Grandparents’ Cross-Country Travels as “Black Ambassadors”

Visual artist and Baltimore native Carla Brown has put the finishing touches on her documentary tribute to her grandparents Frances and Benjamin Graham Titled Everyone but Two.

What is helping to inspire her as she toils away is the image of Jennifer Lopez belting out “This Land is Your Land” at the Biden Inauguration ceremony, which Brown says perfectly captures the message that her grandparents were trying to send to African Americans throughout the United States by traveling the country in their trusty RV oftentimes going to places in the US where African Americans had never been seen before.

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The Phillips Collection Announces $2 Million Endowment for Chief Diversity Officer

The Phillips Collection Announces $2 Million Endowment for Chief Diversity Officer

The Phillips Collection announces the endowment of its Chief Diversity Officer position with a historic $2 million gift from Lynne and Joe Horning in 2021. This transformative gift dramatically enhances the Phillips’s commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). After a year where our country and the world faced a reckoning with racial justice and systemic inequalities, this generous gift comes at a time when the museum is intentionally moving towards building a more equitable workforce, which requires a long-term and sustained commitment; this endowment makes this work possible.

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