It’s almost comical that Washingtonians hate pay per entry museums, we are so spoiled in having free access to world-class everything. I think it’s safe to say that we collectively overlook some pretty amazing exhibits due to our tendency towards freemium (myself included) and you don’t want to miss REVIVAL. So, if you’d like to branch out and pay for a museum may I recommend the Museum of Women in the Arts.
Originally designed to serve as a Masonic Temple the building housing The National Museum of Women in the Arts is on the National Historic Register. The interior of the building is itself a work of art, marble floors and staircases lead up to the galleries.
A museum that celebrates women
The museum features women exclusively and was founded when Wilhelmina Cole Holladay could find no reference to a female painter she discovered while traveling abroad with her husband. The definitive text she was referencing (H.W. Janson’s History of Art) included no women! She and her husband began to collect works by women artists and these now make up the core of the museum’s permanent collection.
In celebration of the museum’s 30th anniversary a year of special events and displays has been planned. The first exhibit in the anniversary line up is REVIVAL. Featuring photography, videography and sculpture every piece was selected because it challenges the viewer in some way.
An exhibit that challenges the viewer
The Young Family is artist Patricia Piccinini’s response to the genetic modification of animals to suit the needs of mankind. This work is simultaneously disturbing and sweet, she wants to raise an awareness around the animals that we use to suit our needs. I guarantee your kid will have a ton of questions about this piece.
Blue Gowns by Beverly Semmes bosses the viewer around. The piece demands that you scoot around the room in order to get a look at it. And I just love the imagery of this piece, three tall, strong women, a kind of girl gang.
En Pointe by artist Alison Saar is an exploration of feeling caught between identities.
More sneak peeks!
Also on display
The permanent collection is always on display and includes art from the 16th century to modern day including Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt.
When & where
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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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