International Women’s Day is March 8 and it can be an opportunity for appreciating women in the arts with a museum visit. Here are three major exhibitions across the U.S. on view now (check venues for timed ticket availability):
Over 6,000 black-and-white photographs — Frida Kahlo's personal collection — of the famed Mexican painter, her friends, family and surroundings were discovered nearly 50 years after the artist's death. A traveling exhibition at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., Frida Kahlo – Her Photos," is on view until June 25, and includes 241 photographs from the extraordinary trove. The exhibit offers a rare peek into the painter's personal life as well as scenes of Mexican culture, politics, art, history and nature.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, at the Brooklyn Museum through July 23, offers a new look at the iconic American artist’s powerful ownership of her identity as an artist and a woman. This major exhibition examines the modernist persona that Georgia O’Keeffe crafted for herself through her art, her dress, and her progressive, independent lifestyle. It will mark the first time O’Keeffe’s understated yet remarkable wardrobe will be presented in dialogue with key paintings, photographs, jewelry, accessories, and ephemera.
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden attracted more than 14,000 visitors for the free special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors during just its first week on view. Kusama's installation “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” reopened to the public last Tuesday after one of the more than 60 pumpkins in the room sustained minor damage from a selfie-taker's stumble. The popular exhibition (through May 14) explores the evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive, kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms, alongside a selection of her other key works, some never before seen in the U.S., and will travel after its debut in D.C.
In Italy, museums will be free on International Women's Day.
For those who can't get to a museum, join the initiative of DC's National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions of women, by using the hashtag #5WomenArtists. Name your five favorite women artists as part of this popular social media campaign.