Bits of fabric, discarded small objects and personal momentos traditionally collected by women but seldom used or exhibited in public. The house is on a tall podium.
It is both house and shrine.
Rooms: nursery, artist studio
In the windows: grizzly bears, the kremlin Artist's Studio
The house gives reminders of the constant danger of spiritual death that confronts the creative woman.
A private space made public.
In this piece, Schapiro and collaborator, Sherry Brody, made art of woman's lives. Their house validates the traditional activities of women.
The Seraglio Room
Merely to speak out, to describe the daily ways of your life, are political.
The images are from a variety of places on the web. Miriam Schapiro's dollhouse was included in the important installation Womanhouse 1972. It is now part of the Smithsonian collection. The text is from my 1995 journal.