National Museum of Women in the Arts Fall 2022 Events

By Editorial Team on September 12, 2022
Courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Virtual Happy Hour: Misattributions in the Art World
Wednesday, September 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Free. Registration required.
Why are so many great women artists missing from history books? One reason is that art by many women was misattributed to male artists. This phenomenon reaches back as far as certain prehistoric cave paintings—which recent studies suggest may have been made by women—through early modern women artists such as Judith Leyster (1609–1660) and Marie-Denise Villers (1774–1821), whose works were once attributed to men. Learn about how these errors still affect our understanding of art history today. AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata, demonstrates how to make a specialty cocktail (or mocktail) in honor of these once-forgotten artists.

FRESH TALK: Beyond the Wall—Women Muralists
Sunday, September 25, 4:30–6 p.m.
In person at Eaton DC in Washington, D.C.
Registration required. $25 general admission, $20 for members, students, and seniors.

Murals and graffiti art add color and vibrancy to a wide variety of public spaces. In addition to their beauty, these artworks have the power to highlight issues of social change. How are women and nonbinary people harnessing this medium? Join us for a conversation with Washington, D.C.-based artist MISS CHELOVE, mixed-media artist Nekisha Durrett and artist Lady Pink.

Cultural Capital: A Celebration of Black Girls’ Childhood
Wednesday, September 28, 6–7:30 p.m.
Online, registration required.
For the last decade, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality has worked to achieve race and gender equity in the lives of Black girls through its Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity. The program has generated groundbreaking research, reports and events on the challenges and jubilations of Black girlhood. Marking the National Museum of Women in the Art’s second collaboration with the center, this evening event aims to uplift Black girls’ voices in celebration of the joys of Black girlhood and features Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, a spoken word performance by the Initiative’s Youth Storyteller in Residence and three-time National Speech & Debate champion, Logan Green, and a conversation with the trailblazing Black artist Scheherazade Tillet.

NMWA xChange: Past, Present, Future—Dianne Smith
Tuesday, October 11, 12–12:45 p.m.
Online, registration required.
On the second Tuesday of each month, join NMWA and special guests who consider topics relevant to our world. In this episode, artist Dianne Smith discusses her provocative imagery and minimalist abstracts, sculptures and installations that challenges the viewer to see and consider pure color, movement and organic shapes. While her work is rooted in her African origins, its purpose is universal. She says, “Human civilizations and cultures all have Africa as their mother and are therefore more similar than we realize. I want my work to justly portray that connection, the essence of human existence, and thereby possibly affecting the whole of humankind for the better.”

FRESH TALK: Art and the Ecstatic
Sunday, October 23, 2021, 4:30–6 p.m.
Online, registration required.
For thousands of years, humans have created art expressing their thoughts on creation, spirituality and the divine. Like much of artistic expression, the ecstatic space has been dominated by white men. What does it mean for women to document creation and divinity? As witnesses to the divine and creators of life and art, what perspective do women bring to the illumination of spirituality? Join us for a conversation featuring women artists discussing their work documenting the divine.