The Alper Initiative for Washington Art Presents Latitude: the Washington Women’s Arts Center 1975-1987

By Editorial Team on July 18, 2018

Sat, July 21 2018 — Sun, August 12 2018

Photo by Gail Rebhan.
Panel Discussion & Reception: Saturday, July 21 from 4pm to 6:30pm

Spend your Saturday afternoon with former members of the Washington Women’s Arts Center. Judith Benderson, Barbara Frank, and Taina Litwak will join the exhibition’s curator, Françoise Yohalem, for a panel discussion that looks back at the history of the Washington Women’s Arts Center and its influence on the Washington art scene that still resonates today. A reception will follow the panel.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

The Washington Women’s Arts Center (WWAC), located at 1821 Q Street NW, then at the Lansburgh Cultural Center, was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization to provide professional support and opportunities for women in the arts. Throughout its history, the WWAC also sponsored speakers, produced literary and visual arts journals, and collaborated with other organizations to raise the profile of women artists in the Washington area and around the country.

This exhibition features the art of former WWAC members and exhibitors. Curated by Françoise Yohalem, it will showcase 90+ works produced between the years 1975-1987, some of which are iconic of that time. The show brings back the energy, passion, and talent of members when the WWAC was, for many, “the only show in town.” Recent works by WWAC artists will be featured in a slideshow and select interviews with members will appear in an accompanying documentary, Voices from the Washington Women’s Arts Center.

The discussion takes place at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Katzen Arts Center Washington, DC 20016