10 Exhibitions to See During Women's History Month

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Helene Funke, Dreams, 1913
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C elebrate Women's History month at a museum. Regardless of movement or style, the artworks of contemporary and historic female artists have significantly shaped our modern world. To honor these seminal contributions, uncover insightful exhibitions that showcase female artists around the world.

10 Exhibitions to See During Women's History Month

  • City of Women: Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938
    25 January–19 May 2019 | Vienna

    City of Women: Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938, on view at the Lower Belvedere, presents noteworthy women who participated in the Viennese Modernist movement. The female artists experienced difficult obstacles – such as being rejected from art academies and artist groups – and yet they deftly navigated the male-dominated art scene. Many of the featured artists formed female-only art associations and went on to display their work at the well-known Vienna Secession exhibitions.

    Helene Funke, Dreams, 1913. Photo: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere, Vienna.
  • Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist
    24 February–26 May 2019 | Dallas

    Berthe Morisot was a founding member of the French Impressionist group. In spite of this, Morisot remains less renowned today in comparison to her fellow male compatriots. With the show Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist, the Dallas Museum of Art seeks to secure the artist's place in history as an outstanding painter – one who created masterful portraits that were once prominently exhibited alongside the art of the male Impressionists.

    Berthe Morisot, The Sisters (Two Sisters on a Sofa), 1869, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, gift of Mrs. Charles S. Carstairs, 1952.9.2. Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Art.
  • Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
    8 February–12 May 2019 | New York

    At the Brooklyn Museum, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving showcases the private sphere of well-known artist, Frida Kahlo. The largest U.S. exhibition devoted to Kahlo in over a decade, this exhibition features a panoply of the artist's personal items, including her most beloved garments and her Casa Azul Mesoamerican art collection.

    Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943. Oil on canvas, 32 x 24 ¾ in. (81.5 x 63 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation. © 2019 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
  • Dorothea Tanning
    27 February 2018–9 June 2019 | London

    American-born Tanning lived a full life; born in 1910, the artist passed in 2012 at the age of 101. Notwithstanding her long career, Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern is the prolific artist's first posthumous retrospective. This fascinating show reveals the Surrealist mysteries found in the artist's paintings – including Birthday, created in 1942. Upon closer examination of the figure's so-called seaweed skirt, a viewer will notice that the greenery is anthropomorphic.

    Dorothea Tanning, Birthday, 1942. Oil paint on canvas, 1022 x 648 mm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia, US) © DACS, 2019.
  • Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
    13 February–6 May 2019 | London

    A wealth of Diane Arbus's photographs are mounted in the show Diane Arbus: In the Beginning at the Hayward Gallery. Comprised of over 100 works, this exhibition highlights the artist's intimate portraits of life in New York. Originally organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a large majority of the exhibited prints are appearing in the United Kingdom for the first time.

    Diane Arbus, Kid in a hooded jacket aiming a gun, N.Y.C. 1957. 8 1/2 × 5 13/16 in. (21.6 × 14.7 cm). Gift of Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus, 2007. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • Phyllida Barlow RA: cul-de-sac
    23 February–23 June 2019 | London

    Contemporary artist Phyllida Barlow transforms the Royal Academy of Arts with the exhibition Phyllida Barlow RA: cul-de-sac. Barlow's installation forms an cul-de-sac that encircles three of the museum's galleries. As a result, museum-goers must walk through the show multiple times, causing them to experience Barlow's art from several angles.

    Phyllida Barlow in her studio, 2018 © Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: Cat Garcia.
  • Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires
    29 November 2018–24 March 2019 | Toronto

    Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires at the Art Gallery of Ontario displays the artwork of an exceptional contemporary artist, Mickalene Thomas. A showcase of bright, large-scale works, Thomas challenges traditional artistic representations of women by recreating historic paintings – an example being Édouard Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (1862-3) with African-American muses. This solo exhibition is the first of its kind in Canada.

    Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Maya #10, 2017. Rhinestones, silkscreen and acrylic on canvas mounted on wood panel, 96 x 84 inches. Private Collection, Toronto. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).
  • Estampas Chicanas
    17 January–5 May 2019 | San Antonio

    Exceptional artworks by Chicana artists are on display in Estampas Chicanas at the McNay Art Museum. Estampas Chicanas sheds light onto the art of Chicana female artists, many of whom have been marginalized by the Chicano Labor movement – including stalwarts like Judy Baca, Ester Hernández and Alma López.

    Maria Natividad, Menudo: Breakfast of Champions, 2010. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. © Maria Natividad.
  • Ambreen Butt - Mark My Words
    7 December 2018–14 April 2019 | D.C.

    Trained in the style of traditional Indian and Persian miniatures, Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt revolutionizes the art form in Ambreen Butt - Mark My Words at the National Museum of Women in the Arts . Butt does not depict commonplace subjects for Indian and Persian miniatures – rather the artist utilizes her work to shed light on contemporary issues, such as political conflicts in Pakistan.

    Ambreen Butt, Shoaib (8), 2018. From the series "Say My Name." Text, collage, and watercolors with white gouache on tea-stained paper, 29 x 21 in.; Courtesy of the artist; © Ambreen Butt, Photo by Kevin Todora.
  • Judy Chicago: A Reckoning
    4 December 2018–21 April 2019 | Miami

    On view at ICA Miami, a retrospective entitled Judy Chicago: A Reckoning, explores the revolutionary work of feminist artist Judy Chicago. Widely celebrated for her installation at the Brooklyn Museum, the Dinner Party (1974–1979), Judy Chicago: A Reckoning examines the groundbreaking artist's stylistic progression over four decades – from the artist's foray into abstraction to her usage of needlework to explore gender roles.

    Artist Judy Chicago Poses With Her Piece Titled "Grand Bronze Head With Golden Tongue" Produced for a June, 2014 Exhibition "Heads Up" Inside Her Studio in Belen, Nm. 2014. (Photo by Eric Draper/for the Washington Post via Getty Images).
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