IHG debuts BLACK GODDESS: Legacy of the Sacred Feminine

FRI-SUN, April 22-24 — It is with great pride that we welcome author and artist, Keith D Young, for the debut of his book, BLACK GODDESS: Legacy of the Sacred Feminine all weekend, starting on Friday, April 22nd. The book includes ten years of Young’s comprehensive research on Black and African queens, goddesses, and heroines from worldwide history, religion and mythology. Beautifully compiled and illustrated by Young, BLACK GODDESS illuminates women from African and world history, legend and folklore in a way that has never before been seen or approached.

Young will discuss BLACK GODDESS and take questions. Selected illustrations from the book will be on exhibit. Copies will be available for sale and order.

BLACK GODDESS: Legacy of the Sacred Feminine is an absolute must have for…well, everyone!

— Friday, April 22nd | 6 – 9 PM
— Saturday, April 23rd | 2:30 – 5:30 PM
— Sunday, April 24th | 2:30 – 5:30 PM

SPACE IS LIMITED: REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE.


A Conversation with Shirley Woodson & Friends

JOIN US on Saturday, March 27, 2022 for A Conversation with Shirley Woodson Reid, Marian Stephens, Halima Afi Cassells and special guests including Nichole Christian and the women of the WHERE WE AT Exhibition on the Black Arts Movement: Then and Now. View more and RSVP HERE.

Through their work, the twenty+ women in this exhibition are paying homage to the Where We At legacy and revisiting the Black Arts Movement as a whole. Some of our NCA members were there – on the frontlines of the movement forging spaces for black artists to prevail – and are still knocking down walls and serving arts communities as sisters, mentors, beacons, and friends. They, along with a range of emerging and mid-career local artists, comprise this exhibition which creates a bridge to history and helps to tell a story of who and where we are today as black women creatives.

Featured artists: April Anue, Asia Hamilton, Bre’ann White, Charlene Uresy, Crystal Starks Webb, Dawn Stringer, Deborah Brown-Cage, Diane Taylor, Donna Jackson, Halima Afi Cassells, Ida Hawkins, Kristina Beaty, Joan Britton, Marian Stephens, Nonnie Williams, Olivia Indigo, Priscilla Phifer, Rita Dickerson, Robbie Best, Shekenia Mann, Shirley Woodson Reid, and Stephanie Hill Ross.

Exhibition runs thru April 16, 2022 at Irwin House Gallery.

Jonathan Harris’ Famed ‘Critical Race Theory’ Painting Finally Goes Home

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2022, 2 PM — Last December, the world learned about Detroit artist, Jonathan Harris, and his Critical Race Theory painting when the artwork began its viral trek around the globe.

The artist has since become an international phenom – first appearing in local media, followed by a plethora of national appearances, including MSNBC with both Joy Reid and Ayman Mohyeldin.

A 24”x 36” oil composition on canvas, Critical Race Theory struck nerves in viewers around the world, compelling the artist to offer and sell thousands of fine art prints of it to supporters, locally, nationally, and across nearly every continent. Arguably, the most famous and sought-after art image of the times, there is scarcely a soul who hasn’t seen and discussed the painting. But, despite many inquiries fielded by the gallery, the original work was already sold before the viral adventure even began.

Acquired by a local Detroit collector when it appeared in Harris’ TRIPTYCH exhibit at the gallery in November, 2021, Critical Race Theory slipped slightly under the radar on opening night, dwarfed by bigger, bolder compositions by Harris and two other artists, Terrell Anglin and Crystal Starks-Webb.

The collector, who is a friend and frequent visitor to the gallery, had been unable to make the reception and caught a glimpse of the painting from the next day’s photos. She said “it spoke to her immediately” but she was also surprised that it had not been purchased the night before – like so many other works in the show, appearing in photos with red dots and proud, new collectors beside them. Without further question, she rushed right over to claim the piece.

As the painting quietly occupied its corner in the TRIPTYCH exhibit for nearly an entire month after sale, no one could have predicted the wild ride it was about to begin – for art and culture’s sake and for Harris, the artist.

The collector, who preferred to remain anonymous while Critical Race Theory appeared in the spotlight, will finally take possession of the painting in a private setting on Sunday, March 20, 2022. “This is the perfect example of a picture being worth a thousand words,” she shared earlier in the Metro Times. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a caretaker of this work, especially at a time when the truth can be viewed as an inconvenience to cover up rather than an inflection point to reconsider what we’ve collectively been taught.”

We are delighted to put it in her hands and we invite you to join us on Sunday at 2:00 pm to share in this next moment in the exciting life of a painting!

Jonathan Harris’ “Critical Race Theory” painting staged at Irwin House Gallery

Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 2 PM | Irwin House Gallery, 2351 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208. RSVP appreciated: 313.932.7690 or irwinhousegallery@gmail.com

A Very NASP Saturday on March 5th

Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery is a not-for-profit art space producing art exhibits and multi-media programs that explore cultural and historical content and give voice and a sense of place for minority interests and concerns. The gallery helps support artists through its Artist-In-Residency program – which invites local, national and global artists to the space for the development of new projects and to contribute to the cultural wealth of Detroit City. Founded in 1974, The National Conference of Artists Michigan (NCA) serves to preserve, promote and develop African American culture through the visual arts and to foster the creative forces of artists emanating from the diaspora and the African World Experience. It is a not-for-profit organization that networks with artists throughout Michigan, nationally, and internationally. Where We At has been juried by Kresge Eminent Artist and NCA of Michigan co-founder, Shirley Woodson-Reid and supported in part by NASP Detroit (National Association of Securities Professionals) – a cultural and community partner of Irwin House Gallery championing the mission of inclusion and business diversity.

WHERE WE AT: A Black & Women’s History Month Exhibition

Irwin House Gallery and the National Conference of Artists of Michigan present WHERE WE AT: A Black & Women’s History Month Exhibition
celebrating the women of the Black Arts Movement
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022 | DETROIT – In celebration of both Black and Women’s History Months, Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery in partnership with the National Conference of Artists of Michigan presents WHERE WE AT – a juried exhibition featuring twenty-two women artists of the NCA, celebrating the journey of women in the arts, and  inspired by the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 12, 2022 with an all-day Open House event, where guests are invited to stroll through and connect with the artists throughout the day, from 2pm – 7pm.

In the Spring of 1971, a collective of 14 black women staged an exhibition in Greenwich Village, NY and called it “Where We At.” It was one of the first known exhibits featuring a cast of African American women artists and had been produced as a vehicle for the women to be seen and heard within a white-dominated art world, a male-dominated Black Arts Movement, and a feminist movement where they felt largely excluded. After the close of the exhibition, the collective continued to work together under the same name. They supported each other, domestically and creatively, and organized workshops and art classes within schools, prisons, hospitals, and cultural centers within their communities. Their work and camaraderie not only paved the way for Black women in the arts but continues to exemplify the power of the collective and provide a model for marginalized groups looking to multiply their strength and influence.

At the same time, during the ‘60s and 70s, the greater Black Arts Movement was having an impact, not only in New York, but in major cities across the country, including the Detroit-Chicago connection. Through performance, literary and visual arts, black artists combined resources to control the Black narrative, develop markets for their work and, ultimately, to conceive and construct some of the country’s leading institutions of black culture including the Studio Museum of Harlem, the California African American Art Museum, and Detroit’s own Charles H. Wright which, founded in 1965, is one of the world’s oldest independent African American museums.

Where We At Collective. Cookin’ and Smokin’, 1972. Offset printed poster. Collection of David Lusenhop. Photo courtesy of Dindga McCannon Archives, Philadelphia, PA.

Through their work, the twenty+ women in this exhibition are paying homage to the Where We At legacy and revisiting the Black Arts Movement as a whole. Some of our NCA members were there – on the frontlines of the movement forging spaces for black artists to prevail – and are still knocking down walls and serving arts communities as sisters, mentors, beacons, and friends. They, along with a range of emerging and mid-career local artists, comprise this exhibition which creates a bridge to history and helps to tell a story of who and where we are today as black women creatives.

Featured artists: April Anue, Asia Hamilton, Bre’ann White, Charlene Uresy, Crystal Starks Webb, Dawn Stringer, Deborah Brown-Cage, Diane Taylor, Donna Jackson, Halima Afi Cassells, Ida Hawkins, Joan Britton,  Marian Stephens, Nonnie Williams, Olivia Indigo, Priscilla Phifer, Rita Dickerson, Robbie Best, Shekenia Mann, Shirley Woodson Reid,  and Stephanie Hill Ross.
(Left to right) Details of art by Robbie Best, Priscilla Phifer, and Nonnie Williams.

Founded in 1974, The National Conference of Artists Michigan (NCA) serves to preserve, promote and develop African American culture through the visual arts and to foster the creative forces of artists emanating from the diaspora and the African World Experience. It is a not-for-profit organization that networks with artists throughout Michigan, nationally, and internationally. Where We At has been juried by Kresge Eminent Artist and NCA of Michigan co-founder, Shirley Woodson-Reid and supported in part by NASP Detroit (National Association of Securities Professionals) Detroit –a cultural and community partner of Irwin House Gallery supporting the mission of inclusion and business diversity.

Where We At opens on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and runs through April 16, 2022. General hours of operation are Thursdays – Sundays from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm and by appointment other days/times. Auxiliary programming TBA. Any inquiries may be directed to Gallery Director, Misha McGlown at irwinhousegallery@gmail.com or 313.932.7690. Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery, 2351 W. Grand Blvd. (between LaSalle & Linwood), Detroit, MI 48208 | http://irwinhousegallery.org FB + IG: @irwinhousegallery | View Eventbrite invitation HERE. | View the Facebook invitation HERE.

 

MLK Day 2022: Thank U for coming out!

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Irwin House Gallery, Chene Parc, and the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship presented conversation with Detroit artist, Jonathan Harris, on his artistic practice, his rapidly evolving journey in the arts and his, now famous, Critical Race Theory painting. We were joined by Detroit’s Chief Storyteller, Eric Thomas and Cornelius Godfrey – Supervisor of Educational Equity, Inclusion and Community Relationships in the Troy School District and co-founder of Affirm Celebrate Advocate, a community organization focused on meeting the needs of students and families of color. THANK YOU to the City of Detroit and to everyone who came out. We look forward to continuing the conversation….






Photos: Jimel Primm
VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HERE!

MLK DAY Talk with Critical Race Theory Artist Jonathan Harris & Special Guests


In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Irwin House Gallery, Chene Parc, and the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship will present a conversation with Detroit artist, Jonathan Harris, on his artistic practice, his rapidly evolving journey in the arts and his, now famous, Critical Race Theory painting.

Created for an exhibition curated by Harris in November 2021 at Irwin House Gallery, the painting’s viral voyage began when it was shared in early December by The Other 98% – “one of the biggest and loudest voices in the progressive social media world, reaching 7-15 million people every day.” Other social justice forums followed by reposting images of the painting and The Detroit Free Press was the first to take it to print, followed the Detroit Metro Times, leading to widespread media coverage. Harris and the art have since appeared on Roland Martin Unfiltered, with Marc Lamont Hill on BET News, and with Cryss Walker on CBS, and been featured in print in BLAC Magazine, Black Enterprise, the Grio and multiple other local and national news publications. At the start of 2022, Harris was additionally named one of eight artists to watch by The Detroit News.


On behalf of Rochelle Riley and the Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, Detroit’s Chief Storyteller, Eric Thomas .will open the MLK Day event and introduce the panelists, including special guest, Cornelius Godfrey – Supervisor of Educational Equity, Inclusion and Community Relationships in the Troy School District and co-founder of Affirm Celebrate Advocate, a community organization focused on meeting the needs of students and families of color.

Panelists and presenters (clockwise): Detroit ACE’s Rochelle Riley; Chief Storyteller Eric Thomas; Chene Parc’s Amber Chene; Irwin House Gallery’s Misha McGlown; Troy School District’s Cornelius Godfrey (center).

The MLK Day Conversation will explore the mind of the artist, the art, and how it has impacted the conversation; the rise and re-branding of Critical Race Theory and, hopefully, how we might all affect change. The event takes place from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 17, 2022 at Chene Parc, in the First National Building at 660 Woodward, Downtown Detroit, 48226.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited and tickets are required. Guests may register and obtain tickets via Eventbrite HERE.

The talk will additionally be livestreamed by the City of Detroit here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDetroitACE
Detroit Channel 22
Youtube | City of Detroit

“GIFTED” Exhibition & all things holiday….

THRU DECEMBER 31, 2021 –  For the second consecutive year, Irwin House Gallery presents its Gift of Art Affordable Art Holiday Exhibition, encouraging art-giving for the holidays and featuring the original works of forty+ Detroit area artists. Entitled GIFTED, the exhibition opened on Black Friday and spans across two locations: Irwin House Gallery, located at 2351 W. Grand Blvd and Chene Parc –  a creative collective, apparel and mixed-use space newly opened by artist and entrepreneur, Amber Chene, at 660 Woodward in the First National Building, Downtown Detroit. Winding down from its first full year of consecutive programming, GIFTED commemorates an informal anniversary for Irwin House Gallery, celebrates one of Downtown Detroit’s newest arts and retail destinations, and shines a light on the breadth of Detroit talent.

This year, some of the exhibiting artists are also featured at a sister location, Chene Parc, located un the First National Building, Downtown Detroit.

Join us for this VERY SPECIAL celebration in partnership with Jonathan Harris Art. It’s FREE TO ATTEND and proceeds from art sales will benefit the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.


Lastly, come and enjoy the GIFTED Exhibition an meet some of the artists. Every Sunday through December 26th. Feel free to bring a cookie and a friend!

Irwin House on CBS’ “Eye On Detroit”

The Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery is an arts destination that provides local and visiting artists with exhibition opportunities, engages the community through arts exposure and education, and serves to nurture and empower collectors of art. Established in 2015, we opened our doors to the public in 2018, after a hard-fought building rehabilitation. The art space is an outgrowth of the vision of the Valerie Irwin and her late husband, Council B. Irwin, Jr.

VIEW ON CBS LOCAL HERE.
Originally aired on 11.19.2021