Wo/Manhouse 2022

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Womanhouse. The art installation that changed the course of art history

 

Wo/Manhouse 2022

 

Through the Flower offers an opportunity for New Mexico artists to participate in and create new work for a participatory art project titled, Wo/Manhouse 2022, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking historic Womanhouse, from 1972.

Womanhouse opened in Los Angeles as part of the first Feminist Art Program, originally established by Judy Chicago at California State University, Fresno, and later expanded at CalArts. Chicago and co-educator, artist Miriam Schapiro, worked with a group of students and local artists to transform a dilapidated house in Los Angeles into a setting for a series of imaginative installations and established a performance space in the living room. During its month-long exhibition, over ten thousand visitors came to see Womanhouse, which later captured a global audience through filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas’s documentary on the project. The installation has gone on to inspire numerous works of art around the world and has contributed to significant changes in the very nature of art and expanded the conversations around which materials are considered suitable for artistic expression.

Wo/Manhouse 2022 continues the historic themes originally addressed in 1972 and then again in 2001, when Judy Chicago and her husband, photographer Donald Woodman, returned to the themes of Womanhouse. Working with both male and female students at Western Kentucky University they created At Home: A Kentucky Project, an emotionally powerful series of installations that occupied multiple rooms within a local house.

On June 18, 2022, Through the Flower will celebrate the golden anniversary of Womanhouse with the opening of an historic exhibition at the Through the Flower Art Space in Belen, New Mexico and a contemporary re-envisioning of the original project in a nearby mid-century home. In line with the changing definitions of gender and inclusivity, Wo/Manhouse 2022 will feature nineteen contemporary New Mexico artists from across the gender spectrum. 

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