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Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, bring your toddler at your own risk.

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

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Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, bring your toddler at your own risk.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates women artists from around the globe. Their newest exhibit features an intergenerational group of black woman artists, a demographic often underrepresented in the industry. The exhibit will be on display until January 21st, 2018, which is good. I tried to bring Ooey, she had a melt down and I wasn’t able to see the exhibit in its entirety.

The first time I brought Ooey to this museum she was in a pouch and we were able to look at the works together. Now that she is two and a half she is less willing to do what I want to do. The staff at the museum was very accommodating. A docent at the front desk gave us a stack of cards, photos of select works, and suggested we use them to talk about shapes and colors or to match them to the paintings within the museum. She also informed us that in the museum library there are books for children.

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

The librarian happily showed us the collection of children’s books. We sat and read a handmade copy of a book similar to little red riding hood. There were books on photography that caught my eye and I made a mental note to come back without Ooey so I could read them

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

I thought maybe the excursion to the library had pacified Ooey so we took the elevator down to Magnetic Fields. We didn’t make it past the first room of paintings before she tried to touch something and then had an all out meltdown. On the floor, kicking and screaming I decided just to come back on my own, another day. But here’s what I have to look forward to on my return trip.

 

Magnetic Fields, 1981 by Mildred Thompson

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

El Gato, 2001 by Chakaia Booker

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

Bale Variant No. 0017, 2009 by Shinique Smith

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

Racism is Like Rain, Either it’s Raining or it’s Gathering Somewhere, 1993 by Mary Lovelace O’Neal

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction is on display at the

National Museum of Women in the Arts until January 21st, 2018.

When & where

Monday–Saturday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday
12 p.m.–5 p.m.

1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

$8-10/admission *free community days are held the first Sunday of every month

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