Women’s History Museum

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Women’s History Museum was founded by Mattie Barringer (b. 1990) and Amanda McGowan (b. 1990) in 2015 out of the desire to create novel and previously unseen images of beauty. The duo engages with fashion as a medium that has the potential to exist beyond regurgitative spectacle and the ability to change the fabric of reality. Their art practice, which includes sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, and performance, is dictated by meticulously sourced historical materials and close collaborations with other artists who often double as models in their fashion shows. In an effort to encompass the psychic reality of fashion and foster a creative community, they interrogate the idea of the museum and insist on alternative and inclusive methods of recording history.

Solo exhibitions include The Massive Disposal of Experience, Company Gallery, New York and CCA, Berlin (2022); Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflables, Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore (2019); Her Bed Surrounded by Machines, LUMA Westbau, Zurich (2018); OTMA’s Body, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York (2018). Recent group shows include those at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, Analog Gallery in Beacon, New York; Champ Lacombe in Biarritz, France; Fitzpatrick Gallery in Paris, France; Performance Space in New York, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia. Their work has been acquired by the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.


The Massive Disposal of Experience


MORT de la MODE....Everything must go!


Selected Press

Feb 22 2024

Paper Magazine

Women’s History Museum Lives Up to Its Name

Feb 12 2024

Interview Magazine

“The City Is a Catwalk”: Women’s History Museum Conquers NYFW

Feb 10 2024

Flaunt Magazine

An Undiscovered Side of New York City: Enfer

Feb 9 2024

Office Magazine

A New York Love Letter, Signed By Women's History Museum

Jul 11 2023

Office Magazine

A Stroll Through Women's History Museum

Apr 23 2022

The Guide

Women's History Museum

Apr 1 2020

Spike Art


Jan 1 2020


Inner Satisfaction

Apr 19 2019


Inflatable Dolls: Women’s History Museum at Springsteen Gallery

Jun 1 2018

Mousse Magazine

An expression of unresolved fantasy

Apr 27 2018

Cultured Magazine

Art Collective Women’s History Museum Toys with Our Understanding of Fashion

Feb 25 2018

Flash Art

OTMA’s Body / Women’s History Museum

Feb 8 2018


A Total Rebuke of Fashion": A Q&A with Women's History Museum, On View at Gavin Brown's Enterprise

Feb 1 2018

Brooklyn Rail

To Signify Dreams on the Surface of the Body

Jan 31 2018


Fashion Collective Women’s History Museum Presents Its Oeuvre in a Gallery Show You Can Shop

Jan 26 2018

W Magazine

Women’s History Museum, Once an Underground Fashion Secret, Is Now Finally Available to the Public

Jan 22 2018


Women’s History Museum Makes Chaotic Clothes that Are Revolution-Ready

Jun 23 2017


Women’s History Museum show mixes performance, fashion & art

Jun 15 2017


women's history museum is the strange, subversive design collective to know

Mar 17 2017

Office Magazine

Women’s History Museum

Nov 16 2016


Radical brand Women’s History Museum debut zine

Jun 1 2016

May Magazine

Number 15

Mar 14 2016


The anti-fashion label bringing back NYC’s radicalism


145 Elizabeth Street
New York, New York 10012

Company will be closed Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth. We will reopen with regular hours on Thursday, June 20 (12–6 pm).

Hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6pm
Company is wheelchair accessible.


Mailing Address:
356 Broome Street
New York, New York 10013

[email protected]
+1 646 756 4547
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