The National Museum of Women in the Arts is featuring a fresh selection of works from the collection for 25 x 25, a presentation showcasing the growth of the collection over the museum’s first quarter century.
In honor of the museum’s 25th anniversary year, NMWA pays homage to dedicated patrons with 25 x 25. The works in 25 x 25 are located throughout the galleries—installed alongside other collection works that are currently on view. As part of the “silver anniversary” celebration, they are distinguished by silver labels and extended texts. This program includes works given by twenty-five donors that have significantly enriched the museum’s collection. In a companion exhibition, Artists’ Books from the NMWA Collection, November 18, 2011–March 4, 2012, NMWA will display twenty-five unique and limited-edition artists’ books in the Teresa Lozano Long Gallery.
Works featured in 25 x 25:
- Abakanowicz, Magdalena, 4 Seated Figures, 2002, donated by Patti Cadby Birch
- Albee, Grace Arnold, Untitled, 1945, donated by P. Frederick Albee
- Benglis, Linda, Eridanus, 1984, donated by AT&T, Inc.
- Bouzonnet Stella, Antoinette, engravings from “L’Entrée de l’Empereur Sigismond a Montoue,” 1675, donated by Chris Petteys
- Cassat, Mary, Reflection, 1890–91, donated by John and Linda Comstock
- Chicago, Judy, Pasadena Lifesavers Red #4, 1969–70, donated by MaryRoss Taylor
- Chicago, Judy, Virginia Woolf (test plate for The Dinner Party), 1978, donated by Elizabeth A. Sackler
Clements, Gabrielle de Veaux, Stone Building with Turret, 1885, donated by the Ott Family
- Coyne, Petah, Untitled #781, 1994, promised gift of Steven Scott
- Croswell, Mary Ann, George III Child’s Rattle, 1808, gift from silver collection assembled by Nancy Valentine with funding from Lorraine and Oliver R. Grace.
- Dahl-Wolfe, Louise, selection of photographs, 1940-1954, donated by Helen Cumming Ziegler
- Dix, Eulabee, selection of miniatures, donated by Mrs. Philip Dix Becker and family
- Hammond, Harmony, Meeting of Passion and Intellect, 1981, donated by Lily Tomlin and the artist
- Hartigan, Grace, December Second, 1959, donated by Walter S. Salant
- Kahlo, Frida, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 1937, donated by the Honorable Clare Boothe Luce
- Kimsooja, The Earth, 1984, donated by the artist
- Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, Yam Story, 1996, donated by Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan
- Miller, Melissa, Broken Wing, 1986, partial gift from Laura Lee and Jack S. Blanton and Museum purchase with the Lois Pollard Price Acquisition Fund
- Pfaff, Judy, Cat’s Cradle, 1991, donated by the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., and Forbes Magazine
- Seymour, Jane Fortescue, Self-portrait when Seventeen, 1842, donated by the Principato Foundation
- Snyder, Joan, Can We Turn Our Rage to Poetry, 1985, donated by the Exxon Corporation
- Spencer, Lily Martin, The Artist and Her Family at a Fourth of July Picnic, c.1864, donated by William Frederick Hahn, Jr.
- Stevens, May, Soho Women Artists, 1978, purchased with the Lois Pollard Price Acquisition Fund
- Vasconcelos, Joana, Viriato, 2005, donated by Heather and Tony Podesta
- Vigée-LeBrun, Elisabeth Louise, Portrait of a Woman, Said to Be Anne Catherine (Aimée) Augier Vestris (1777–1809), 1803, given by an anonymous donor
- Vigée-LeBrun, Elisabeth Louise, Portrait of Princess Belozersky, 1798, donated by Rita M. Cushman
These are only a few of the many great artworks donated over the nearly twenty-five years since NMWA’s founding. 25 x 25 recognizes the contributions of the museum’s donors, and you are invited to see these amazing works on view throughout the galleries!
—Danielle Vartabedian is the communications and publications intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.