Now Be Here: Now Let's Talk

Now Let’s Talk is a dynamic schedule of talks, lectures and discussions that will bring museums and organizations across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia regions together to highlight female artists and discuss issues related to women in the arts. Visit each venue’s website for more information. The programing occurred in October 2017 and had 18 events, lectures, artist talks and exhibition walk throughs. Thank you to all who supported, participated and attended!

National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

Tues., Oct. 17, 12 p.m.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems will present a lecture and book signing, held in conjunction with the installation of the “Kitchen Table Series” at the National Gallery of Art and the performance “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now” at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wed., Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Walk through the exhibition Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) and discuss the imagery with Sarah Newman, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

Fri., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and other artists offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word and video projection that explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America. This program is held in conjunction with the installation of the “Kitchen Table Series” at the National Gallery of Art. 

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Funding Opportunities for Artists

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.

Join the staff at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, one of D.C.’s largest arts funders, to learn about grant opportunities and tips for successful applications.

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22201

Organized by the Studio Visit

Sat., Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

A series of invited female artists tell rehearsed short stories shedding light on their specific experiences as women in the art world.

Open Hours: Mothering from the Front Line

Baltimore Museum of Art,

Organized by the Family Arts Museum

Sat., Oct. 21, 1–4 p.m.

This Open Hours program discusses the power of family-inclusive activism. Join artist-activist mothers and supporters for a roundtable discussion about creating balance while advocating for the community, getting family involved in current movements and mothering from the front line. 

Nakeya Brown: Stage Names

Washington Project for the Arts

Sat., Oct. 21, 4 p.m.

In association with her Washington Project for the Arts Bookshelves project, Nakeya Brown will give a talk and lead a photo-session with attendees, examining the visual and literary perspective of the self-identified woman.

Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 

Organized by ArtTable in partnership with the New School

Mon., Oct. 23, 6 p.m.

The live-stream event features a visionary panel of women from San Francisco, Detroit and New York who are involved in arts projects having a major impact on our cities. ArtTable in partnership with the New School.

Hamiltonian Gallery

Tues., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

Artist Heather Theresa Clark, who approaches her practice as a planner, green developer and ecologist, will talk about her work during this informal conversation and meet-and-greet.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Tues., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

In a combination lecture and demonstration, join Pyramid Atlantic and the Brentwood Arts Exchange for a talk about printmaking and its role in feminism and social justice. After the talk, check out Pyramid's Letterpress Studio for a demonstration, and walk away with a printed poster. Advance registration is required beginning Oct. 1. 

Baltimore Museum of Art,

Hosted by Maryland Institute College of Art

Wed., Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Hear Njideka Akunyili Crosby reflect on her new suite of works on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her layered, mixed-media paintings explore her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States and navigating cultures. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Wed., Oct. 25, 6:30-9:30pm

Gathering and photograph of Female and Female Identifying contemporary visual artists. RSVP required, if you would like an invitation, email After the photograph is taken, artists will enjoy a cocktail hour while networking with representatives from nonprofit organizations in the DMV.

Greater Reston Arts Center

Thurs., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

Join the conversation as creative professionals lead a discussion in response to the work of Sue Wrbican, on view through Nov. 18.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Fri., Oct. 27, 12 p.m.

Curator Dorothy Moss will lead a tour of One Life: Sylvia Plath in celebration of Plath’s birthday.

National Portrait Gallery, Great Hall

Sat., Oct. 28, 4 p.m.

Sandy Huckleberry's performance, which contemplates current social and political events, incorporates the history of the museum's building, along with the artist's personal experiences as a woman.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Sun., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Video and film by feminist artists and filmmakers, from the 1970s to today, selected by Carmen Hermo, assistant curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Sun., Oct. 29, 12–5 p.m., and Mon., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

A wide variety of products, including jewelry, home accents and accessories, will be available at a pop-up artisan market promoting local women artists and designers who create handcrafted art and merchandise.

National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m.

Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald will discuss her career, including being the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in 2016.

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