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Event Date: June 21-November 10, 2013

Exhibition of Artist Audrey Niffenegger, Author "The Time Traveler's Wife"

“Niffenegger’s captivating narratives, presented in both images and words, give insight into universal experiences such as the need and fleeting nature of love, the inevitability of death and the peculiar sensation of the passage of time,” said Krystyna Wasserman, exhibition curator. 

Audrey Niffenegger, Frontispiece from The Three Incestuous Sisters, 1985–98, Image courtesy of Audrey Niffenegger 

 

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2013) - The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, the first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of "The Time Traveler’s Wife." In this mid-career retrospective on view in Washington, D.C. June 21–November 10, 2013, Niffenegger reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.
 
“Niffenegger’s captivating narratives, presented in both images and words, give insight into universal experiences such as the need and fleeting nature of love, the inevitability of death and the peculiar sensation of the passage of time,” said Krystyna Wasserman, exhibition curator.
 
Niffenegger’s fantastical body of work is reminiscent of renowned pen and ink predecessors such as Edward Gorey, Aubrey Beardsley, Egon Schiele and Horst Janssen but with a brutally honest and unapologetically female perspective that touches upon the universal trials of life—death and decay, love, jealousy, redemption and constant change. Her works on paper, lithographs and aquatints reflect the often surreal narratives of her artist’s books. Through self-portraiture, she reveals her own self-assurance and whimsy alongside anxiety and loneliness often exploring the hopeless struggle with what Shakespeare called “this bloody tyrant, Time.”
 
“My art is about paying attention,” says Niffenegger. “One of the reasons I use fantastic elements in my art is to startle people into noticing and paying attention. Strangeness makes us see more acutely.” 

 

Web: http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/awake-dream-world

 

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Exhibition of Artist Audrey Niffenegger, Author "The Time Traveler's Wife"

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2013) - The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, the first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of "The Time Traveler’s Wife." In this mid-career retrospective on view in Washington, D.C. June 21–November 10, 2013, Niffenegger reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.   “Niffenegger’s captivating narratives, presented in both images and words, give insight into universal experiences such as the need and fleeting nature of love, the inevitability of death and the peculiar sensation of the passage of time,” said Krystyna Wasserman, exhibition curator.   Niffenegger’s fantastical body of work is reminiscent of renowned pen and ink predecessors such as Edward Gorey, Aubrey Beardsley, Egon Schiele and Horst Janssen but with a brutally honest and unapologetically female perspective. “My art is about paying attention,” says Niffenegger. “One of the reasons I use fantastic elements in my art is to startle people into noticing and paying attention. Strangeness makes us see more acutely.”    Web: http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/awake-dream-world

Media Contact: Amy Mannarino, Email: media@nmwa.org, Phone: (202) 783-7373