Within the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, library special exhibitions illustrate and interpret the history of women in the arts through the display of archival documents and rare books.
Exhibitions showcase artist correspondence, sketchings, ephemera, photographs, posters, rare books, museum archival material, and artists’ books.
The Library and Research Center is open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and is closed on major holidays.
NOV 04 2013–MAY 09 2014
Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship
Anita Steckel (1930–2012), a feminist American artist, countered the art-world establishment through depictions of heterosexual female desire. She sparked a media scandal in 1972 by refusing to self-censor an exhibition of her exuberant and shameless female and male erotic figures, instead creating the Fight Censorship Group. Personal papers, photographs, and art from the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center’s Anita Steckel Papers illustrate her boundary-pushing art and activism.
Artists’ Books from the Permanent Collection
This ongoing exhibition highlights the museum’s diverse collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books in a variety of formats—such as sculptural, tunnel, altered, movable, miniature, and accordian. Various techniques on display include etchings, drawings, digital photography, offset printing, and mixed media.
Check back soon for upcoming exhibitions.
MAY 10–NOV 1 2013
Making Her Mark: Publishers’ Bindings by Women
In the 19th century, book publishers developed new bookbinding methods to respond to the desires of an increasingly educated general public. One of these shifts was using cloth to bind books instead of the more expensive leather and the less resilient paper bindings. This provided an avenue for women artists to make their mark on bookbinding design, and soon, they became some of the most successful designers.
NOV 01 2012–APR 30 2013
A Museum of Their Own: 25 Years of NMWA History
A Museum of Their Own: 25 Years of NMWA History illustrates the history of the museum through documents, printed matter, and photographs selected from the institutional archives.
MAY 01–JUL 31 2012
A selection of intimate letters sent between Frida Kahlo and her mother, Matilde Calderón de Kahlo, in the years just before her mother’s death.