Tour 3: Womxn in Washington: Herstory in Public Art

June 27, 2020, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Session Type: Public Art & Civic Design Tour

This tour will take conference attendees through both a contemporary and historical view of gender and representation in public spaces. We will tour recent projects and initiatives as well as historical examples. While the tour will explore sites and projects specific to Washington, D.C., it will also take a broader view to encourage participants to think about representation and public space their own cities and towns across America. Projects toured will include the following:

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public space in Washington, D.C. dedicated to featuring a changing installation of contemporary works by women artists. This program currently features work by artist Betsabeé Romero and this section of the tour will be led by a representative of NMWA.
  • Artworks by contemporary artists Maren Hassinger and Rania Hassan that are part of a public art initiative along Connecticut Avenue in D.C.’s central business district. These temporary works were created through a partnership with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and the Golden Triangle BID. This portion of the tour will be led by Dorothy Moss, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and Karyn Miller, the Golden Triangle BID’s curator.
  • A tour of the Joan of Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park which is often cited as one of the just five statues depicting women in Washington, D.C. This segment of the tour will be led by Nora Heimann, an art historian and Joan of Arc scholar.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.