In Wo/Manhouse 2022, nineteen New Mexican artists from across the gender spectrum created artworks exploring the meaning of home, gender, and inclusivity on the fiftieth anniversary of Womanhouse.
June 18–October 9, 2022
Through the Flower, Belen, New Mexico
On June 18, 2022, Through the Flower is excited to open Wo/Manhouse 2022, a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the collaborative work initiated by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Womanhouse.
The exhibition is a contemporary reimagining of the original Womanhouse in a local home where nineteen New Mexican artists from across the gender spectrum have created their own artworks exploring the meaning of home, gender, and inclusivity. It also features historic and contemporary performances, a curated selection from the International Honor Quilt, and Looking Back at Womanhouse, a historical exhibition on the original work.
Womanhouse opened in Los Angeles in 1972 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 the month-long exhibition, more than 10,000 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, expanding the conversation around which materials are considered suitable for artistic expression.
Historical and new performances directed by Judy Chicago will be showcased every Saturday evening at 6 pm for the duration of the exhibition. Performance tickets are sold separately here.
On June 19, 12-4 pm, Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd from Penn State University will present a lecture titled “Womanhouse 1972 to Wo/Manhouse 2022” along with a workshop titled Wo/Manhouse Stories with artists from Wo/Manhouse 2022. The presentation will be included with Wo/Manhouse 2022 entry tickets purchased for June 19.