WOMEN, ARTS AND Social Change (WASC), the celebrated initiative that takes museum programming to a new level with sold-out curated conversations, communal dinners and dynamic events, returns to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for its third season, beginning in September 2017.
Here is a schedule of the Fres Talk programs for the rest of the year:
- AMPLIFY—Judy Chicago Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by Sunday Supper, 6–8 p.m. How can the arts amplify women’s voices and visibility? Feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago joins in conversation with Alison Gass, director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, about her ongoing dedication to amplifying women’s voices—perhaps most famously in The Dinner Party (1979). The iconic installation, regarded as the first epic feminist artwork, represents 1,038 women in history and is the subject of two fall exhibitions, one from the NMWA Archives (Sept. 17, 2017–Jan. 5, 2018), and one at the Brooklyn Museum.
- FORUM: El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project with Mónica Mayer Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by Sunday Supper, 6–8 p.m. Fresh Talk Forums reach beyond the museum’s walls with interactive art projects and community collaborations. This inaugural Fresh Talk Forum with Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer focuses on the ways art can create awareness and inspire community-based advocacy directed at reducing violence against women—from sexual harassment to domestic violence. Mayer brings her important El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project to Washington in September, working with local artists, activists and organizations. Their work culminates with this Fresh Talk, featuring Mayer in conversation with project participants. The project also includes an installation in the museum’s Long Gallery on view Nov. 10, 2017–Jan. 5, 2018.