National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005 - United States



The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today. The collections highlight painting, sculpture, photography and video by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.


Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career
This focus exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a thirty-year period. Bound to Amaze centers on her discovery of books created through inventive techniques such as piercing, pleating, curling, tying, and carving. With subjects ranging from Shakespeare’s Desdemona to the pleasures of eating, the books featured also reveal Wasserman’s love of both drama and whimsy. Through this recently retired curator’s expert work, NMWA has become a world-renowned repository for this dynamic and highly expressive art form.


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