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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.
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SEP 22 2013–MAR 09 2014
In Underscore, Xaviera Simmons looks at how artists draw directly from the movements, subtitles, and concepts of other practitioners in order to produce work. Her body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, and installation. Her studio practice is rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, and present and future histories surrounding landscape.
DEC 04 2013–MAR 09 2014
The exhibition is the first American museum show dedicated to to the acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin, kicking off Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. It is also the first exhibition to focus on her works in neon, a crucial aspect of the artist’s practice that began with her iconic The Tracey Emin Museum(1995).
NOV 21 2013–MAY 18 2014
Yto Barrada combines the strategies of documentary with a metaphoric approach to imagery in her photographic, film, and sculptural work. Art and artifacts portray the rich visual and cinematic culture of her hometown, as well as the social and political realities that have shaped Morocco. Her artistic practice also involves engaging her local community with its own cultural history.
SEP 04 2013–JUL 31 2014
This exhibition of paintings and photographs reflects Diane Burko’s interest in extreme landscapes and her ability to transform visual and technical data into dynamic views of some of the most sublime landscapes on earth. For over 40 years, Burko has traveled, taking pictures and making sketches of volcanoes, hot spring fissures, glaciers, mountains, and rain forests in order to paint these landscapes in her Philadelphia studio.
JUL 21 2013–JAN 26 2014
This solo exhibition features photographs selected from several series Carrie Levy created over the past decade and a half. Vulnerable, disquieting, and unsettling, her portraits explore the politics of representation: the gaze of the photographer and the subject of the gaze. Although she has photographed women frequently in her work, this exhibition presents male portraits “under the microscope of a severe female gaze,” as Levy puts it.
NOV 23 2013–MAR 09 2014
As Alex Prager’s most ambitious and complex series to date, Face in the Crowd features large-scale photographs of people assembled in congested public spaces such as an airport terminal, lobby, beach, and movie theater. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Prager directed the actions of hundreds of actors in costume on specially constructed sets, the stories culminating in a new film featuring actress Elizabeth Banks.
SEP 25 2013–JAN 19 2014
Mira Schendel (1919–1988) was one of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists. With her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. This exhibition is the first international full-scale survey of her work with over 250 artworks, revealing aspects of Schendel’s dialogues with a diverse range of philosophers and thinkers, as well as her engagement with universal ideas of faith, self-understanding, and existence.