I recently took my daughters to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. I thought my daughters would be inspired by seeing the success of so many women in art, and they probably were. I also secretly wanted them to recognize how revolutionary the idea of a museum dedicated to women in art was even in a time when our VP is Kamala Harris and Beyoncé is charting a country record. They didn’t say anything to me, but I hope the works left an impression on them. I can’t recommend the museum enough. I left feeling that art history had been redefined for me.

The image above is from a powerful installation by Japanese artist Ai Hasagawa. It explores the idea of a future where same sex couples can procreate without the need for men. One of the girls’ favorites. Here’s more info from the artist’s website:

In this project, the DNA data of a lesbian couple was analyzed using 23andMe to simulate and visualize their potential children, and then we created a set of fictional, “what if" future family photos using this information to produce a hardcover album which was presented to the couple as a gift.

This work is from the museum’s exhibit “New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024.” April 14-Aug 11.