Katy Hessel’s Museums Without Men

Embedded in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s 50th-anniversary exhibition, Katy Hessel’s Museums Without Men audio tour will invite audiences to come closer to nine works by women artists on view in Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860–1960.


Celebrated art historian Katy Hessel has launched an audio guide series highlighting the women and gender-nonconforming artists in the public collections of international museums. Museums Without Men is an ever-growing series that introduces museum visitors to underrepresented and often lesser-known artists, opening up collections to new and existing audiences who will be able to follow the audio stops while in the galleries or online. The series links public institutions globally, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hepworth Wakefield, UK; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and Tate Britain, London, to foreground the important work that museums and galleries do by collecting and displaying women and gender-nonconforming artists, whether historical or contemporary.


Katy Hessel is an art historian, author, curator, and broadcaster. Through her Great Women Artists podcast and Instagram account, which foreground women artists of the past and present, Hessel has become one of the most exciting voices in the art world today. Her debut book, The Story of Art Without Men,is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. Published in the UK in September 2022, it was awarded Waterstones Book of the Year 2022. In May 2023, following its publication in the US, it was shortlisted for Barnes & Noble Book of the Year, and Hessel embarked upon a sold-out book tour at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Hessel has been a columnist for the Guardian since July 2022. She is a trustee of Charleston Trust, UK, and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, and she has presented art documentaries for the BBC.