Art by Women
Celebrate the exceptional historical, creative, and cultural contributions made by women artists with exhibitions, virtual events, stories, videos, and podcast episodes.
Freedom Rising: I Am the Story / L’Merchie Frazier
L’Merchie Frazier is a fiber artist, quilter, historian, innovator, poet, and holographer. This show examines the lives and legacies of African-descended people, including children and their communities across centuries of memory, places, and activism.
Unexpected Turns: Women Artists and the Making of American Basket-Weaving Traditions
This installation chronicles experiments in basketry, all created by American women artists exploring the boundaries between art and craft, utility and whimsy, weaving and sculpture.
Breaking the Silence: International Women’s Day
“Breaking the Silence” is an observation of International Women’s Day. Participating artists call attention to the daily aggressions, whether physical or psychological, that all women face across the world and in every sector of society. This exhibit critiques the current social system that we live in, which permits and defends these particular inequities. “Breaking the Silence” also honors and supports women who are or have been victims of domestic violence, and recognizes the resilience of cis- and transgender women and non-binary people who work to build more equitable and safe communities for all.
Women Artists in the Collection
Take a virtual visit to Mia, exploring exceptional creative contributions made by women artists throughout history to present and across the world’s diverse cultures. With over 90,000 artworks, Mia’s collection includes art from six continents, spanning about 5,000 years.
The animalier artists love lions and tigers and bears—anything with teeth and no business being in Paris in the 1800s. No one more than Rosa Bonheur, the smoking, joking, pants-wearing painter who becomes a celebrity, the most famous female artist of her time, by embracing the very things men fear most.
She was wealthy, single, and always in the right place at the right time. But when Lily Place was in Egypt during the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, her art collecting suddenly put her at the epicenter of a curious and powerful trend that was about to shape world history one last time.
The Woman Who Knew Everything
Miriam McHugh Taney was a professional know-it-all, lecturing on everything from the Italian Renaissance to early American furniture—a rare authority for a woman in the 1930s. But the real purpose of her museum talks was far more interesting.