As we all know, March is Women’s History Month! Here we present, in more or less chronological order, an illustrated list of events having to do with women in art. Some of the events are free to attend; others are fee-based. If you are aware of any events not listed here, do email details to us (erika@artherstory.net) or comment below.

Throughout March

AARP New York presents The Rise of Women Artists in America, a 4-episode series of webinars on Wednesdays in March. The events are free but registration is required:

March 1–2

The symposium Challenging Empire: Women, Art, and the Global Early Modern World, an element of the project Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe and Asia, will take place online, as well as in person, at the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Register here

March 2 (and again March 8, 15 and 30)

The gallery talk Women Artists New to the National Gallery focuses on two new additions—by Lavinia Fontana and Luisa Roldán, respectively—to the collection of the Washington, DC museum.

March 3

  • As part of the Jewish Literary Foundation’s Book Week, in association with the Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Hettie Judah chairs a discussion with Lauren Elkin about her book Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art.
  • Saya Woolfalk delivers a Virtual Lecture on her artwork in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s special exhibition Women Reframe American Landscape.
  • The International Society for the Study of Surrealism hosts a book launch for Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning, by Amy Lyford, published by Reaction Books in December 2023.

March 5

The third annual Women in the Museum symposium, “Reclaiming and Reframing,” will take place at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. International speakers will discuss prevalent historiography as presented in books and museums. Sessions are: The Idea of the Great Artist, Reclaiming Heritage Spaces and Reframing Old Narratives.

March 7

In #5WomenArtists—New Narratives in the Americas Collection, Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago, highlights historical women artists in the collection. Madsen will especially focus on recent acquisitions, including works by Julie Hart Beers, Theresa Bernstein, Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, Ellen Emmet Rand, Augusta Savage, and Lilly Martin Spencer.

March 8

  • Join the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to celebrate International Women’s Day! NMWA will host both virtual and in-person programs—including a keynote with Ferren Gipson—that engage with, highlight, and celebrate women in the visual and performing arts.
  • Surrealist Women: Online Panel for International Women’s Day celebrates with a panel featuring icons of Surrealism such as Penny Slinger and Penelope Rosemont. To register click here.

March 9

In the panel discussion Alma W. Thomas: Curatorial Perspectives, sponsored by the DC Public Library, three curators will discuss the different approaches they have pursued in their exhibitions featuring the remarkable Washington, DC artist and educator.

March 10

At the New Britain Museum of American Art, Nancy Siegel presents the lecture An Uphill Climb, from Mountain Tops to Critical Acclaim: The Artistry of Susie M. Barstow. Her talk examines the life and career of this fascinating artist through vast and previously unknown archival materials. Siegel is the author of Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School.

March 13

The National Arts Club (NAC) celebrates Women’s History Month and the NAC’s 125th Anniversary with world-renowned art historian Camille Morineau, who discusses her work with AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions). Register here.

March 15

March 19

Focusing predominantly on 18th-century women artists—such as Angelica Kauffman, Anne Damer and Katherine Read—Goodwood’s Curator Clementine de la Poer Beresford presents a talk about women artists at Goodwood, with a welcome by The Duchess of Richmond, and a champagne and canapé reception in the State Apartments of Goodwood House.

March 21

March 22

Hosted by New York Adventure Club, the webinar Amalia Kussner: Leading Gilded Age Miniature Portrait Artist delves into the extraordinary life of miniaturist Amalia Kussner (1863–1932), a daring and talented artist who traveled extensively throughout the United States—and later the world—to do her commissions in the homes of the elite of that time.

March 23

In Women of 17th-Century Italy at the Hamilton Gallery in Victoria, Australia, the curators of Emerging From Darkness and fellow art historians will share insights into some of the leading women of that time. The subject matter is not restricted to women artists, but it does include Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana and Elisabetta Sirani.

March 24

Community Day at the Baltimore Museum of Art includes free access to Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams (no tickets required!) with a special in-gallery performance by Joyce J. Scott.

March 29

The Wende Museum presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of the Holocaust Survivor, Roma artist and activist Ceija Stojka (1933–2013), as discussed in the newly released first monograph in English about her. Additionally, it will offer a discussion of important works currently displayed at the Wende Museum as part of the exhibition Ceija Stojka and Scenes of Roma Life.

March 30

Amanda Malmstrom, Associate Curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, presents a special tour dedicated to the art of Emily Cole (1843–1913), which is not currently on view to the general public. Emily was a prolific painter of botanicals who glazed, fired, and exhibited her ceramic wares in the New Studio, and made a name for herself as “Catskill’s China Painter.”

And beyond…

April 8

Join presenter Linda Falcone on location in Forlì for Restoration Conversations: Women Artists and the Pre-Raphaelites; meet nineteenth-century artists Marie Spartali Stillman, Evelyn Pickering De Morgan and Elizabeth Siddal, during the online broadcast of the exhibition “Pre-Raphaelites: Modern Renaissance,” with co-curator Peter Trippi. The broadcast is sponsored by Calliope Arts in partnership with The Florentine, the De Morgan Foundation, Watts Gallery, the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì and Grandi Mostre Fondazione Forlì.

April 11

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art hosts the lecture Hair to There with Sonya Clark. The artist and educator, who often incorporates human hair, depictions of hair, and hair-styling tools to discuss race, identity, and visibility within her practice, returns to the Wadsworth to discuss her career and her exploration of hair as a symbol and medium.

April 16

The Schomburg Center hosts an afternoon screening of Searching for Augusta Savage, a 22-minute documentary from Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley of Audacious Women Productions. Following the screening, filmmakers Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley will join Tammi Lawson, Curator of the Schomburg Center’s Art & Artifacts Division, for a discussion about making the documentary, untold stories of Savage’s life, the multi-dimensionality of the Harlem Renaissance, and the educational resources being created to secure Savage’s legacy, to be discovered by younger generations.

April 18

The illustrated talk The American Feminist Art Movement and its Impact on Contemporary Art at Murray Edwards College will address the innovations of artists in the Femfolio portfolio including Mary Beth Edelson, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Joyce Kozloff, Joan Semmel, and Faith Ringgold. It will also explore how feminist visual arts initiatives within established institutions contributed to the transformation of contemporary art to include women-identifying artists, gender non-conforming artists, and artists from the African and Asian diasporas.

April 23

  • Paris Spies-Gans delivers the Zerner Lecture Imprints and Erasures: A New Story of Art at the Harvard Art Museums. Spies-Gans will share the troubling history of women’s erasure from the art historical record, and present a series of recent discoveries to challenge the powerful, gendered assumptions that continue to inflect our views of the past. 
  • The Gwillim Project, based at McGill University Library in Montreal, Canada, brought together an international multidisciplinary network to examine the watercolors and letters of two English sisters who arrived in Madras in 1801. The Linnean Society hosts Women, Environment and Networks of Empire: Elizabeth Gwillim and Mary Symonds, an online lecture by Anna Winterbottom and Victoria Dickenson, to present the findings of the members of the research network.

April 23–26

The goal of the 7th edition of Art, Power, and Gender Conference at the Universidad de Murcia is to evaluate the devotional mechanisms used by Renaissance women to construct their image of power.

April 24

Cooper Union hosts Searching for Augusta Savage: Screening and Panel. Following the screening of Searching for Augusta Savage, a new documentary about the acclaimed Harlem Renaissance sculptor, art educator, and Cooper Union School of Art alumna, the film’s creators, Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley of Audacious Women Productions, are joined by curators Jeffreen M. Hayes and Tammi Lawson for a conversation about Savage’s life and work, including why many of her works of art have been lost or destroyed and why evidence of her accomplishments appears to have been erased. 

April 25

  • The Delaware Art Museum welcomes university students to experience the spring exhibitions and a keynote lecture by exhibiting artist Sonya Clark, organized in partnership with the University of Delaware. University Night with Artist Sonya Clark begins at 5:30pm, and registration is required to attend. 
  • The High Art Museum hosts the Driskell Conversation, a wide-ranging discussion between 2023 Prize winner and artist Ebony G. Patterson and curator Michael Rooks about Patterson’s creative practice. Together, the speakers will dive into Patterson’s multilayered art and consider her use of diverse materials to question relationships between race and class, violence and memory, and possibility.

Throughout May

The Art Gallery of Ontario sponsors a series of in-depth conversations with art historians and creatives as they walk through the themes of Making Her Mark

  • May 4: Dr. Cristina Acidini, Italian Art Historian, President of the Casa Buonarroti Foundation (Florence, Italy) and Dr. Alexa Greist, AGO Curator and R. Fraser Elliott Chair
  • May 11: Explore lacemaking with Lacemaker Elena Kanagy-Loux 
  • May 18: Dr. Ingrid Mida explores the lives of women makers across society and time, united by their artistry

May 6

The UCLA Art History Department’s 2024 Gretchen Taylor Millson Lecture features speaker Kellie Jones, Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art, Art History and Archeology, and Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. Jones’ talk Suzanne Jackson: Ecologies of Abstraction considers the creative practice of painter, poet, and dancer Suzanne Jackson and its imbrication in ecocritical, feminist, and Black arts discourses from the 1960s to the present.

May 11

Beginning with the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, then progressing through more of her work, sculptor Morgan Faulds Pike will present an illustrated talk at Cape Ann Museum about the details and stages in building sculpture: design, materials, site contextualization, engineering, foundry techniques, and community participation.

May 17

  • Art historian and RISD professor Suzanne Scanlan introduces her book Esther Pressoir: A Modern Woman’s Painter at The Providence Athenæum. In-person seats have sold out, but register here for virtual tickets.
  • Self-taught artist Yvonne Wells (b. 1939) made her first quilts to keep her family warm, later turning to quilting as an artform to visually address her religious, historical, and sociopolitical experiences in the American South. In the Wadsworth Atheneum curator talk Yvonne Wells: Stitched Stories, Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Laura Leonard, Art Bridges Project Coordinator, discuss Wells’s quilt “The Great American Pastime: The Negro Baseball League” (2009), on loan from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

May 28

Acclaimed by Sir Joseph Banks, personal friend of Queen Charlotte, and fellow “explorer” of botanical wonders with the Duchess of Portland, Mary Delany embarked, aged 72, on a fabulous Flora of paper portrayals of exotic plants. Botanists & Botanic Art–Mary Delany, a heavily illustrated talk, draws on Mary Delany’s own words.

June 4

The pursuit of plants took Marianne North around the world, while her paintings were destined for Kew Gardens. The talk Botanists & Botanic Art–Marianne North explores North’s work, her social context and the eventual creation of her gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. (There is a new book about the artist forthcoming in June 2024.)

June 26

The National Gallery, generously supported by the Diane Apostolos-Cappadona Trust in honor of Stacia Apostolos, between May 2024 and May 2025 celebrates the presence and contribution of women at the National Gallery over its 200-year history with two one-day complementary conferences. This first conference will focus on women artists in the collection, women copyists and artists-in-residence, and the role of women donors in the Gallery’s history. Details on how to sign up will be posted closer to the date of the event.

More Art Herstory posts:

Museum Exhibitions about Historic Women Artists: 2024

New Books about Women Artists | Oct–Dec 2023

New Books about Women Artists | Jul–Sept 2023

Ten Intriguing Books About Remarkable Women Artists, a guest post by Carol M. Cram

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