Women in the Arts

Lately, one of my favorite haunts has been the National Museum of Women in the Arts {NMWA}. I frequent the gallery to view the latest work dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing and literary arts.

The first piece I was immediately drawn to was What if Women Ruled the World. The artist Yael Bartana explores imagery of identity and politics of her native country, Israel. What women wouldn’t want this neon sign blazed across her desk at work! Next was Spider III by Louise Bourgeois who associated maternal protectiveness with this arachnid. She frequently remarked on her mother’s shared attributes with the spider: patience, cleverness and industriousness…. personally these eight-legged critters still give me the “creepies”.

Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) What if Women Ruled the World, 2016

Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911, Paris; d. 2010, New York City) Spider III, 1995

Niki de Saint-Phalle (b.1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine; d.2002, La Jolla, California] Pregnant Nana, 1993

Niki de Saint-Phalle will always have a special place in my heart, after grad-school I went to Paris. Walking the Centre Pompidou and the Church of Saint-Merri I saw the Stravinsky Fountain sculptures dotted around the plaza. They were so gorgeous that I couldn’t stop taking photos of the works.

Once in the NMWA you instantly notice the signature style of de Saint-Phalle with her colorful, patterned art work, and the French term for “nana” means a woman, chick, or girlfriend.

Stay stylish,


3 Replies to “Women in the Arts”

  1. What if…………..you know that thought has crossed my mind many times. We were close to our first female President in the United States until, well, you know who ran roughshod with the election. Anyway, to painful to think about. But I really like the fact they have dedicated a museum for women’s achievements in visual, performing and literary arts. Very nice post, K.

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  2. Well stated and wonderful write-up! It is a slow and methodical process that women must accomplish in order to reign supreme, but eventually we will rise!!!


  3. Hi Kathleen,

    I love to visit this National Museum soon. Yes, women can rule the world. It’s the fact that there are many women leaders in the world and rule the nation. Women power raises for sure…Thank you so much for sharing this post.



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