Upcoming Exhibitions

 Alison Saar, Snake Man, 1994
Alison Saar, Snake Man, 1994. Woodcut and lithograph on paper, 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 in. Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honor of the artist

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


MAY 16 2016–NOV 18 2016

Priya Pereira: Contemporary Artist Books from India

Based in Mumbai, India, book artist Priya Pereira (b. 1967) trained as a graphic designer. Isolated from other book artists, Pereira began creating artists’ books six years before she knew that the genre had a name. She published works under the imprint Pixie Bks for the last 22 years, exploring subjects including Indian culture, time, and language through creative structures, use of type, and hand-drawn images. This exhibition showcases 10 of Pereira’s artists’ books. 


JUN 10–OCT 02 2016

Alison Saar In Print

Alison Saar (b. 1956, Los Angeles) uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore feminine, racial, and cultural themes. The artist’s hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms. Her central figures hold evocative objects—snakes, knives, fry pans, plants, or bottles—which allude to a range of myth, lore, and legend. Drawn from NMWA’s collection as well as private collections, the exhibition also examines how Saar’s printmaking practice relates to her sculptural work.


SEPT 30 2016–JAN 08 2017

NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection

Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 35 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), Miami. Centering on images of the female body and works that explore the physical process of making, NO MAN’S LAND imagines a visual conversation between women artists new to the Rubell Collection and those whose works they began collecting decades ago. RFC collaborated with the National Museum of Women in the Arts to realize a new vision for the exhibition, which premiered in RFC’s space in Miami in December 2015.


OCT 14 2016–FEB 26 2017

Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu

Colette Fu is renowned for her immense, sculptural pop-up books. This focus exhibition presents works from her series “Haunted Philadelphia,” inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and “We are Tiger Dragon People,” her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province—her ancestors’ homeland. Fu’s works combine images of landscapes she has explored with elements of fairy tales and folklore. Through engineering feats, she transforms her photographs into oversized pop-ups, some with kinetic elements and blinking lights. Gathered together, Fu’s books form a pop-up fantasy world.