Image: Installation view, By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists. Photo by Mitro Hood.

By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists


This exhibition of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts celebrates the contributions women artists have made to the development of American modernism. The show includes works by well-known artists, including Elizabeth Catlett and Georgia O’Keeffe, among others, as well as works by those who were often under-recognized, such as Maria Martinez and Marguerite Zorach. The selection of works showcases these artists’ innovative engagements with the 20th century’s major art movements, from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism. Several of these accomplished artists—including Simone Brangier Boas, Grace Hartigan, Elsa Hutzler, Helen Jacobson, Amalie Rothschild, and Grace Turnbull—were based in Baltimore during their careers.

By Their Creative Force is a part of the BMA’s year-long 2020 Vision initiative, highlighting female-identifying artists and collectors.

Curated by Virginia Anderson, Curator of American Art


This exhibition is generously supported by the Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Fund for American Art.