Film: Womanhouse

Take a cinematic tour of Womanhouse.

Womanhouse (1974, 47 min.), a documentary film by Johanna Demetrakas, is a fascinating historical look at feminism, its reception in the 1970s, and the ever-important relationship between art and social change.

The film chronicles the creation and reception of “Womanhouse,” a space for installations and performances exploring women’s domestic space, which Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro built with other artists and collaborators in an old Hollywood mansion.

Featuring archival footage and reflections from some of the artists, Demetrakas’s film provides context for the special exhibition Women House, a 21st century sequel to Chicago and Schapiro’s Womanhouse.


This screening includes English captions.


Free. No reservations required. First come, first served seating.


Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas about the house as a feminine space persist. Global artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about the home through provocative photographs, videos, sculptures, and room-like installations.

Special thanks to Women Make Movies for supporting this screening. Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women.

National Museum of Women in the Arts