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Women House at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Laurie Simmons, Walking House, 1989

Etant donnés Grantee

Women Artists Deconstruct Domesticity in Women House exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Women House, a provocative new exhibition at the NMWA, challenges traditional ideas about gender and domesticity. NMWA is the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which is organized by La Monnaie de Paris.

The exhibition presents work by 36 global artists, including Judy Chicago, Mona Hatoum, Zanele Muholi, Leticia Parente, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Rachel Whiteread and Francesca Woodman etc. Among them, works by French artists Louise Bourgeois, Claude Cahun, Lucy Orta, Elsa Sahal, Anne-Marie Schneider and Laure Tixier are exhibited.

Continuing the dialogue with their artistic foremothers of the 1970s, the contemporary artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about women through painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video. Organized across eight themes, Women House emphasizes the plurality of women’s views on the home from Desperate Housewives to Mobile Homes.

Camille Morineau, curated Women House with Lucia Pesapane, said, “This exhibition is partially a political gesture. I am hoping that in ten years the level of information about women artists will be the same as for male artists.”

Camille Morineau is director of exhibitions and collections at The Monnaie de Paris, and chairwoman and co-founder of the non-profit Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions (AWARE). With degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and l'Institut National du Patrimoine, she has worked at public cultural institutions in France for two decades and was recently head curator of the elles@ centrepompidou exhibition.

Femme maison, Louise Bourgeois, 1994

Women House is organized by La Monnaie de Paris. Its presentation at NMWA is made possible by GRoW @ Annenberg and Denise Littlefield Sobel. Additional funding is provided by the Sue J. Henry and Carter G. Phillips Exhibition Fund, Belinda de Gaudemar, the Estate of Sara D. Toney, Mahinder and Sharad Tak, and Étant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program of FACE Foundation.

Étant Donnés is developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français-Paris. NMWA also thanks Regina Weingarten for her special contributions. Further support for Women House at NMWA is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the museum’s 30th Anniversary.