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Women at War

 July 13 – October  28, 2023

Women at War. Partial installation view, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, 2023. Photo Credit: Ivan Peñafiel.

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts is honored to present Women at Warcurated by Monika Fabijanska and on loan from the Fridman Gallery (NYC), on view from July 13 to October 28, 2023. We invite you to attend the opening reception on July 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM EST.


Women at War features works by a selection of the leading contemporary women artists working in Ukraine, and provides context for the current war, as represented in art across media. Several works in the exhibition were made immediately following February 24, 2022, when Russia began the full-scale invasion of Ukraine; others date from the eight years of war following the annexation of Crimea and the creation of separatist Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” in Donbas in 2014.


War is central to history. History has been written (and painted) by men. This exhibition provides a platform for women narrators of history and also examines gendered perspectives of war. Many artists in this exhibition struggle with the notion of victimhood and pose the question in what way women have agency during war.

The exhibition, curated by Monika Fabijanska, was listed among ten best art exhibitions of 2022 by both The Washington Post and Frieze Magazine. Catalogs are available for purchase through the Fridman Gallery website. 


Olia Fedorova, Defense, 2017, photograph, 30 x 45 inches ©Olia Fedorova. Courtesy of the artist

Participating artists:

Yevgenia Belorusets

Oksana Chepelyk

Olia Fedorova

Alena Grom

Zhanna Kadyrova

Alevtina Kakhidze

Dana Kavelina

Lesia Khomenko

Vlada Ralko

Anna Scherbyna

Kateryna Yermolaeva

Intertwined: Labor and Technology in Contemporary Textile Art

August 31 to December 16, 2023

The history of textile and fiber arts is defined by transmission – the exchange of knowledge, custom, and practice from person to person, culture to culture, and generation to generation. Today, technology has fundamentally shaped the nature of these exchanges, impacting the creation, presentation, and interpretation of artistic traditions in unprecedented ways. Opening August 31, 2023, at the Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), Intertwined: Labor and Technology in Contemporary Textile Art calls attention to the dynamism of textile-related practice through the work of contemporary artists. Working across various interdisciplinary lenses and media, these innovative artists explore themes of labor and agency that simultaneously highlight and subvert our expectations. By blurring the perceived boundaries of tradition in both tangible and intangible ways, this exhibition challenges viewers to consider new, inclusive possibilities for artmaking at a critical time.

Curated by Keidra Daniels Navaroli and Annie Booth, Intertwined features the work of Tawny Chatmon, Jeffrey Gibson, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Ahree Lee, Kate Nartker, Yvonne Osei, Aaron Rothman, Carrie Sieh, and Shaheer Zazai, with a critical focus on process and materiality. 

Exhibit Support is provided by the Ann M. Stevens Excellence Fund for Textile & Costume Arts, managed by the FSU Foundation.