SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queen

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SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queen
Curated by: Omo Misha

September 21st, 2018 - January 21st, 2019


The Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery will honor our sister and neighbor, Aretha Franklin, with SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queen – an exhibition featuring visual, literary, and performative works exploring the multi-facets of Aretha and the riffs that sought to empower us for six decades strong. That well has stopped flowing, but will never be silenced. We owe it to Aretha, the Black experience, and Detroit, to continue to share and learn from her story, our story, and to make sure history gets it right. This is, perhaps, the most important function of art.

The exhibit will feature the work of established and emerging Detroit artists, along with invited guests. A growing list of participating artists include: Amber Doe, Amir Bey, Artis Lane, Cyrah Dardas, Donald Calloway, Jason Phillips, John Sims, Ingrid LaFleur, John Sims, Kim Hunter, Lorna Colin Braxton, Mahogany Jones, Makeba Rainey, Marsha Music, Noreen Dean Dresser, and Steven Lopez . Misha leads the exhibition’s curatorial team alongside conceptual artist and writer, John Sims, and Detroit's own creative powerhouse, Sabrina Nelson.

“Her force was both cultural and political,” Sims told NBC News. “Her love and advocacy for black people was undeniable and her feminism unshakable. Before there were Black Lives Matters and #Metoo, the Queen was challenging us to ‘think’ and ‘respect’ ourselves, and to become better partners, better citizens and better humans.”

SuperNatural Woman will open to the public at The Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery on Friday, September 21, 2018 with an opening reception from 5:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will run through January 21, 2019. Public programming will include artist conversations, readings, and tribute performances through the close of the show. Irwin House Gallery & Global Art Center, 2351 West Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48208 | Ph: 313.932.7690. Visit http://irwinhousegallery for scheduling and additional information.

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