Women Artists in NYC: 5 Exhibitions to See Now

New York is one of the most vibrant, influential art communities in the world. According to NY.com1, there are 83 museums located throughout the five boroughs, and Crain’s counted three times that many art galleries in Chelsea alone.

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, attend these exhibits and events that celebrate women’s contributions to the art world.

Related Reading: 5 Female Artists in NYC You Should Know


Attend a Discussion on Gender and Power in South Asian Art at The Rubin Museum

#MeToo and Power in South Asian Performing Arts Communities, The Rubin Museum, New York, 2019. Courtesy of The Rubin.

#MeToo and Power in South Asian Performing Arts Communities

Presented in partnership with Women's Raga Massive

Saturday, March 16

11:30-1:00 PM

Chelsea’s Rubin Museum, known for its’ significant collection of Himalayan, Indian, and Tibetan artwork, will host a dialogue about the recent #MeToo movement in South Asian performing arts communities. The panelists will consider how these communities can build safer and more equitable spaces for women and other marginalized groups.

After the panel, there will be a long-table discussion about gender equality, violence against women, power, and representation. This event is free to the public and tickets are first come, first serve.

Attend the Discussion


Examine the Interplay Between Objecthood and Personhood at SculptureCenter

Kiyan Williams, installation view, In Practice: Other Objects, SculptureCenter, New York, 2019. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Knodell

In Practice: Other Objects

March 1 thru March 25

11:00-6:00 PM

SculptureCenter in Long Island City was created to foster emerging ideas and artistic innovation through sculpture, and the way that sculpture can change the ways that we interact with the world.

This month, the museum is hosting an event that examines the interplay between objecthood and personhood. Eleven artists will show moments when a body becomes an object and when an object, becomes a body. This new art comes from a diverse group of artists and art teams, including Ariel Rene Jackson, Natalie Ball, and Aliza Shvarts and is available to the public until March 25th.

Attend the Exhibit


View One of the Most Significant Works of Video Art in History at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jane and Louise Wilson: Stasi City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Jane and Louise Wilson

Jane and Louise Wilson: Stasi City

March 1 thru March 31

10:00-5:30 PM (weekdays)

10:00-9:00 PM (weekends)

Among the more than two million objects on display, the Metropolitan Museum is hosting an exhibition of Jane and Louise Wilson’s video art project Stasi City, an immersive installation taking viewers on a tour of the former headquarters of the East German secret police.

See the Exhibit

The Met has also curated a collection of groundbreaking art created by women, that can be viewed on the museum’s website.

View the Women’s History Collection at the Met


Explore Hilma af Klint’s Spiritually Oriented Abstraction at The Guggenheim

Hilma af Klint, The Guggenheim, New York, 2019. Courtesy The Guggenheim.

Hilma af Klint

On display

10:00-5:30 PM (daily)

10:00-8:00 PM

The Guggenheim Museum honors Hilma af Klint, a female artist of the early 20th century who explored the potential of abstract representation decades before better-known artists such as Kandinsky or Mondrian; although her works were not widely viewed until the 1980s.

A collection from contemporary artist R.H. Quaytman, created specifically to accompany the work of Hilma af Klint, is also on view at the Guggenheim this month.

Plan Your Trip to the Guggenheim


Pay Tribute to the Practice of Protest and Activism at The New York Historical Society

Bettina von Zwehl, Meditations in an Emergency,#5, The New-York Historical Society, New York, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Meditations in an Emergency

On display

10:00-6:00 PM (Tuesday thru Thursday, Saturday)

10:00-8:00 PM (Friday)

The New-York Historical Society presents Meditations in an Emergency, created by the Society’s first artist-in-residence, Bettina von Zwehl. Von Zwehl was inspired by the New-York Historical Society’s collection of portrait miniatures to create a series that highlights the contemporary issue of school shootings.

Plan Your Trip to The New York Historical Society


Women’s History Month is the perfect time to honor female artists and to take advantage of the enormous variety of artistic resources available throughout New York City. Join NYXT and our many content partners for exhibitions and events honoring female artists from all over the world right here at home.

Women Artists in NYC


1 https://www.ny.com/museums/all.museums.html
2 https://news.artnet.com/market/nyc-galleries-chelsea-tops-list-331987

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