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In time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original contemporary feminist art exhibition, Womanhouse, led by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Co-Curators Asia Hamilton and Laura Earle will present a brand new whole-house exhibition, Womxnhouse Detroit, for the first time this September.
A group of artists and the curators will activate rooms and spaces throughout the house. They include: Melinda “MeMe” Anderson of Studio M Detroit; Loralei R Byatt; Amelia Duran; Laura Earle; Setareh Ghoreishi; Erin Gold; Jessica DeMuro Graves; Olivia Guterson; Asia Hamilton of Norwest Gallery; Donna Jackson of DMJ Studio; Melanie Manos; Sabrina Nelson; Dalia Reyes; Leslie Sobel; Rosa Maria Zamarron
According to Laura Earle, Womxnhouse Detroit will be a project that embodies a rise above adversity, as we all emerge from the isolation of a pandemic.
“Our artists are honoring those we’ve lost to COVID while examining questions of resilience, precarity, crossing borders, aging, healing, care-giving, protection, spirituality and vestigial cultural toxicity,” said Earle. “Many are drawing on ancestral heritage and love for the natural world to investigate remaking our lives in healthier, more harmonious ways of being, nurturing and uplifting ourselves and our communities for a more balanced and deeply satisfying existence.”
For example, Interdisciplinary Artist Jessica DeMuro Graves will transform an upper level bedroom into a large-scale artistic interpretation of a womb. The installation will be largely comprised of fiber arts and original voice recordings.
“It’s a place of community,” said DeMuro Graves of this project. “We are working this space together, and in different ways, raising up each other’s voices, creating a choir. Having the opportunity to work with so many women of so many backgrounds -and for us to all come together to activate this space – this is really going to create something special.”
The location is the childhood home of Asia Hamilton, co-curator of the exhibit and owner of Norwest Gallery. Hamilton has been working to transform the house into an artist residency for women. This will be the first event at the home.