Just as February ends, March begins with its own line-up of exhibitions and events in DC, devoted to Women’s History. Washington DC observes “Black History Month” and “Women’s History Month” one after another.
It is said that, “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”. However, it is more of an understatement, in a world headlined by women’s achievements. Many women have shaped the course of history using their power and leadership. Their arts, too, have made an impact on culture and society. Behind every successful creation, there is a woman force, just as there is a feminine side to a man. That is to say, no matter which gender you belong to, you should check out these events when on tours of Washington DC.
The REDress Project
The National Museum of the American Indian is hosting this art installation project for the first time ever in the US. To the north of the museum building, numerous empty red dresses are placed. It aims to draw our attention to the racialized and gendered nature of crimes against indigenous women. The marking of absence evokes a sense of presence.
The outdoor art installation project, started by Jaime Black, has been in many other places. Now, it has reached the premises of the museum, owned by the Smithsonian Institution. It will stay in the museum property through March 31, 2019, raising awareness for missing and executed native women among those on a Washington DC tour.
Queen of Basel
Hillary Bettis, who is known for the acclaimed show titled “The Americans”, also wrote this explosive tale that combines class, race as well as power in Miami.
It is Art Basel, the city’s weeklong party, and at its center is a real estate heiress named Julie. Following a dispute with her tycoon father as well as a collision with a cocktail tray, she considers her next action, which will involve both a waitress and a driver. Do not miss “Queen of Basel”, a contemporary take on “Miss Julie”, at the Studio Theatre space.
Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling
Ursula von Rydingsvard composes monumental sculptures incorporating leather, linen, cedar wood and other materials. She spent years in refugee camps in Germany. Her sculptures are crafted through labor-intensive, sometimes dangerous, process.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents her monumental wooden sculptures, in the first exhibition of them in the nation’s capital. You can get in touch with your Washington DC tour guide for more information about the exhibition.