The current Red Door Gallery in our area is located at 7500 Oakland St, Detroit, Michigan 48211. However, there are MANY different galleries with this same name, and not all of them are even in the USA. So where did this Red Door trend spring up from?
The original Red Door Gallery began in 1963 and burned out quickly, ending in 1964 when it became the Detroit Artist’s Workshop. The Artists Workshop Society stemmed from a group which donated five dollars each toward the cost of renting a suitable place to work.
The workshop was started by a group of poets and musicians who, for the most part, attended Wayne State University. Martine Algier, Frank Bach, Emil Bacilla, Amiri Baraka, and Andrei Codrescu were a few of the big names, but there were sixteen members in total. This young group had a goal in mind that would give others a space in which to create, and their idea was sensational.
By the 1st of November, the society presented the first in what became a series of weekly Sunday afternoon events, which included jazz, poetry readings, and exhibitions of graphic art. These events were presented with no admission charge and were open for anyone to attend, which is mostly likely how it became such a hit. If you want to learn more about the history of such an influential artist hub, then be sure to visit this site.
Today, the society functions a little differently. There are three areas which can be made available for various activities such as film/photo/music performance studio, workshops, seminars, meetings, calls for talent, rehearsals, and anything else you’d like to rent a space for. The areas are each different, and artists can choose which type of atmosphere they’d like for whichever purpose. The options are:
1. Main Art Gallery – brick walls, skylights, iron & wood truss ceiling
2. Side Gallery – drywall, flourescent lighting, sealed cement floor
3. Upstairs studio – white walls, skylight shooting area
Here’s an interior example of the gallery space:
If you’re interested in their current events or availability status, be sure to contact them here