Members Only Preview: Womanish

Friday, March 3, 2023

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tobin Exhibition Galleries

vanessa german, BLACK GIRL WITH SNAKES, 2020. Assemblage. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds gifted anonymously in memory of Madeline O’Connor, 2021.13. © vanessa german

Members Only Preview: Womanish

Friday, March 3, 2023

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tobin Exhibition Galleries

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You’re invited to a first look at Womanish: Audacious, Courageous, Willful Art the day before the exhibition opens to the public. Refreshments will be available from 2 – 4 p.m.

Womanish: Audacious, Courageous, Willful Art features artwork by women acquired by the McNay from 2010 to the present. In 2010, the McNay presented the landmark exhibition Neither Model Nor Muse, which celebrated artwork by women from all of the Museum’s major collecting areas. Envisioned as a second chapter to this exhibition, Womanish features over 70 artists and demonstrates the McNay’s ongoing commitment to women.

The title of this exhibition is inspired by Alice Walker’s essay Womanist, in which she defines womanish as, “Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior.” By highlighting the wide variety of ways women express themselves through art, this exhibition aims to celebrate the term “womanish,” which is all too often considered derogatory.

The artwork represented spans over 90 years and includes portraiture, abstraction, landscapes, and more. This exhibition includes regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists, who exemplify a range of lived experiences as well as many sources of inspiration.

Events

Please note that the McNay Art Museum will be closed today in recognition of Juneteenth.

We honor this important day in American history and look forward to welcoming you back tomorrow.