“Reflections and Flowers,” 2006, Shirley Woodson, American; acrylic on canvas.

Shirley Woodson: Shield of the Nile Reflections

December 18, 2021 – June 12, 2022

Renowned Detroit artist, educator, and advocate Shirley Woodson’s solo exhibition Shield of the Nile Reflections presents her vibrant, dream-like paintings of Black bathers in rivers, honoring the diasporic myth that the Nile holds transformative and nurturing benefits for people of African descent. In this series, Woodson’s bathers appear with a distinctive visual vocabulary of human and animal life that symbolizes the historic, spiritual, and cultural significance of the river.


Exhibition Video