The NMWA exhibit is a good example of how the current view of Kahlo often fails to acknowledge that perhaps her images transcend autobiography and speak to universal themes, as all great art should.
She painted a self-portrait dedicated to him that now hangs in Washington's NMWA.
A casual observer might instead simply conclude after looking at one particularly sloppy, scratched-up canvas in the NMWA exhibit, that perhaps her work is overrated.
Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, the NMWA seeks to represent "the single most important collection of art by women in the world.
Rita Cummings Belle mentions the NMWA only once in the first sentence of her article "From Footnote to Fame:" as the "National Museum for Women in the Arts.
We are confident that as the first and only major sculpture boulevard in the nation's capital, the Wm New York Avenue Sculpture Project will bring a new liveliness to our neighborhood, and we look forward to seeing many new visitors at the Women's Museum," says Susan Fisher Sterling, NMWA director.
NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts.
When Sterling came to the NMWA as a contemporary curator in 1988, the fledgling museum was still trying to gain traction as a viable institution.
The founder of the museum, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, was a pivotal influence for Sterling as she progressed through her early years at the NMWA.
Fortunati examines Fontana's mythological narratives, like the recently discovered Apollo and the Muses (Parnassus) on view at NMWA
, as well as her "secret" production of erotic nudes.
We're attracting even more men because of the quality of the shows," says Barbara Kram, NMWA director of communications and marketing, pointing to the recently closed Berthe Morisot exhibit of Impressionist works as an example.
As a matter of fact, NMWA founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and her husband, Wallace F.