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Womxnhouse Detroit is a Moving and Powerful Art Exhibition You Don’t Want to Miss

There are three weekends left to view Womxnhouse Detroit. Have you been yet? It’s an art exhibition and artist residency located in the childhood home of Asia Hamilton (artist and founder of Norwest Art Gallery).

Last weekend, Zhen and I attended the art exhibit as part of our mommy-daughter date day. She loved it so much that she asked me if we could visit it again.

Zhen loves going to art galleries almost as much as I do so I surprised her with the visit. She was amazed that the art exhibit was in a house.

She said, “I didn’t know you could have an art gallery in your home! We do lots of art in our home, too. We have art everywhere!”

It was an enriching, teachable moment as I explained to her what an artist residency means and how we can create art anywhere. “The possibilities are endless!” I said to her.

Womxnhouse Detroit founded by Asia Hamilton
Zhen standing in front of Womxnhouse Detroit. She loved visiting the artist residency.
Womxnhouse Detroit is founded by Asia Hamilton, Detroit artist and founder of Norwest Art Gallery.
WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT: Norwest Art Gallery owner Asia Hamilton turned her childhood home into an artist residency. Currently, the Womxnhouse Detroit is on view at 15354 St. Marys in Detroit.

WHAT IS WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT?

Womxnhouse Detroit is an artist residency founded by Asia Hamilton. After losing her mother to COVID-19, Asia decided to turn her childhood home into a space for artists.

The art exhibition and artist residency are inspired by the 1972 feminist art project Womanhouse.

Organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Womanhouse was created inside of an abandoned Hollywood mansion. It was the first public exhibition for the California Institute of Arts’ Feminist Art Program.

Art students and women artists participated in the 1972 exhibition. The featured artwork encompassed pieces reflecting on women’s conventional social roles during that time period.

Womanhouse (January 30 - February 28, 1972), feminist art exhibition organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro.
The front page of the exhibition catalog for “Womanhouse” (January 30 – February 28, 1972), feminist art exhibition organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program. (Photo credit: Shelia Levrant de Brettville)

The 2021 Detroit exhibition shares diverse artwork from fifteen Detroit women artists. Like Womanhouse, each art piece reflects on what it means to the artist to be female in America today.

FEATURING ARTISTS:

  • Asia Hamilton
  • Laura Earle
  • Olivia Guterson
  • Jessica DeMuro
  • Sabrina Nelson
  • Amelia Duran
  • Leslie Sobel
  • Erin Gold
  • Dalia Reyes
  • Rosa María Zamarrón
  • Setareh Ghoreishi
  • Loralei Byatt
  • Donna Jackson
  • Melanie Manos

The Womxnhouse Detroit art exhibition was curated by Asia Hamilton and Laura Earle. It is located at 15354 St. Marys in Detroit.


READ: “MY FAVORITE ART PIECES FROM CCH POUNDER’S ‘QUEEN’ ART COLLECTION”


Rosa María Zamarrón Womxnhouse Detroit artwork
“Antepasados” by Rosa María Zamarrón
Rosa María Zamarrón Womxnhouse Detroit artwork
“Antepasados” by Rosa María Zamarrón
Zhen sits on the back porch of Womxnhouse Detroit. Featured art pieces are by Asia Hamilton (on the house wall) and Rosa Maria Zamarron (on the porch).

WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT ARTIST TALK

Over on Womxnhouse Detroit’s Instagram page, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the art project came together.

The group is also hosting a series of artist talk events where select artists of Womxnhouse Detroit will discuss their artwork.

Here are the remaining dates for the artist talk events.

WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT ARTIST TALK DATES

  • Sat., 10/9: Donna Jackson and Melanie Manos
  • Sun., 10/10: Sabrina Nelson
  • Sat., 10/16: Setareh Ghoreishi and Asia Hamilton
  • Sun., 10/17: Amelia Duran and Rosa Maria Zamarron
  • Sat., 10/23: Laura Earle and Jessica Demuro Graves

The artist talks will also be available on a live stream. Click here for more information.

Womxnhouse Detroit artwork by Sabrina Nelson. "The Apothecary-- Home Medicines"
“The Apothecary– Home Medicines” by Sabrina Nelson
Womxnhouse Detroit artwork by Sabrina Nelson. "The Apothecary-- Home Medicines"
“The Apothecary– Home Medicines” by Sabrina Nelson

PHOTOS: WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT ART EXHIBITION

Here are some photos from our visit to Womxnhouse Detroit. Click on an image to enlarge the photo.

Womxnhouse Detroit is on view until October 23, 2021. The admission fee is donation-based.

Proceeds from the exhibit will help with funding the artist residency and bringing more art and cultural programming to Detroit neighborhoods.

Click here for more information about the exhibit and here to connect with Norwest Art Gallery on Instagram.


All photographs were taken by Jennifer Hamra for Good LIfe Detroit.

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