Judy Chicago Wo/Manhouse 2022

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June 18, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Through the Flower Art Space
107 Becker Avenue
Belen, NM 87002

Through the Flower is excited to open Wo/Manhouse 2022, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the collaborative work initiated by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Womanhouse. The exhibition is a contemporary reimagining of the original Womanhouse in a local home where nineteen New Mexican artists from across the gender spectrum have created their own artwork exploring the meaning of home, gender, and inclusivity. It also features historic and contemporary performances, a curated selection from the International Honor Quilt, and a historical exhibition, Looking Back at Womanhouse, on the original work.

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Judy Chicago A Tribute to Toronto

0622 - A Tribute to Toronto


June 4, 2022
Dusk (8:00 PM – 8:45 PM)

Sugar Beach
11 Dockside Drive
Toronto ON
M5A 1B6

Marking the closing of the 2022 festival, the Toronto Biennial of Art presents a newly commissioned site-specific work by artist Judy Chicago. This one-of-a-kind Smoke Sculpture™ will be visible from the shore of Lake Ontario, as a series of environmentally safe, non-toxic coloured smokes are released from a barge. For this one-time performance, the public is invited to gather at the waterfront to see the lake and sky transformed. Harkening back to Chicago’s Atmospheres photo series of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which sought to soften and “feminize” harsh, man-made environments, A Tribute to Toronto works against the tradition of male Land Art artists whose work imposed itself on the earth. Instead, Chicago’s performance offers an alternative and impermanent approach that merges colour with landscape to increase awareness of the beauty of our natural environment.

A Tribute to Toronto (2022) is commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and made possible with the generous support of the City of Toronto, ArtworxTO, the Delaney Family Foundation, Menkes Developments, Waterfront Toronto, the Waterfront BIA, and the Women Leading Initiative.

Judy Chicago Turning Inward, JUDY CHICAGO

0622 - Turning Inward, JUDY CHICAGO


June 2, 2022 – September 23, 2022

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209

Turning Inward, JUDY CHICAGO, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, traces Judy Chicago’s development as an artist and Jewish woman across six decades, from her early formal vocabulary of geometric color abstraction and Land Art pyrotechnic installations to the powerful explorations of self-identity, power politics of gender, and her personal formative experiences.

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Judy Chicago JUDY CHICAGO: THE NATURAL WORLD

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May 14, 2022 – July 9, 2022

Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Ave
Toronto ON
M6H 4A1

Running through Judy Chicago’s practice is a deep and longstanding concern for the environment. Her desire for both ecological harmony and just societies has fueled her art since her 1960s “Atmospheres” to more recent portraits of endangered species. In all of these works, Chicago asks viewers to contemplate their own fate as it is tied to the treatment of other species and the planet, and understand the works’ foundation in the feminist principle that justice for women is connected to the need for a global justice that includes the humane treatment of all creatures.

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago RECEIVES Lifetime Achievement Award from the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

0422 - Judy Chicago RECEIVES Lifetime Achievement Award from the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS


April 8, 2022

National Building Museum

The gala honored Dior’s first woman Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, feminist artist Judy Chicago, and co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson each with NMWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The gala displayed the English banners from The Female Divine, Judy Chicago’s collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director for Christian Dior, for the Spring/Summer 2020 haute couture show.

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Judy Chicago COLOR AS PROGRAM

0422 - COLOR AS PROGRAM


April 8, 2022 – August 7, 2022

The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
Museumsmeile Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn

The exhibition Color as Program deals with color as an artistic medium and its programmatic, political dimension on the basis of art and cultural history exhibits from far more than 100 years. The theme is not so much the art historical context of color or a media-technological exploration of the topic. Rather, it is about the artistic exploration of the power of color. This permeates all disciplines, not only aesthetically and perceptually, but also politically and economically.

The exhibition features Judy Chicago’s “Woman and Smoke” video.

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Launches the Chicago Gazette

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March 3, 2022

When I first started posting on Instagram, I thought it would be a good way to reach and broaden my audience, especially among young people because I think it is important to have cross-generational conversations. But I wanted my posts to have meaning and substance. However - like too much of the internet (which originally promised to bring greater democracy and education around the world) - social media has also brought trolling, on-line harassment and contributed to hate crimes and violence around the globe. Moreover, outlet by outlet, commerce has come to dominate social media, which is now happening on Instagram. As a result, we will continue to do posts about various happenings but as of today, we are launching the Chicago Gazette, a regular report from me that you can subscribe to for free. You will also be able to ask questions and/or suggest topics that you would like me to address. In order to subscribe, just give us your name and e-mail address to receive the Chicago Gazette straight to your inbox.

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Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Art Education Award 2022

0122 - Judy Chicago Art Education Award 2022

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Womanhouse, the 2022 Judy Chicago Art Education Award will focus on this monumental project that was part of the groundbreaking Feminist Art Program created at CalArts by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972. Proposals should be inspired by or related to the legacy of this historic installation and its worldwide impact.

I invite you to apply for this award that is generously funded by MaryRoss Taylor and given annually to scholars, artists, and educators for projects based on primary research incorporating any of the archives that are part of the Judy Chicago Research Portal. These archives include the Judy Chicago’s Visual Archive at the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA); Judy Chicago’s paper archives at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at Harvard; Judy Chicago’s Art Education Collection at the Special Collections Library at Penn State; and the Judy Chicago Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks Archive at the Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Proposals are due: September 15, 2022

Judy Chicago CBS Sunday Morning

0122 - CBS Sunday Morning

NEWS FLASH; After months of having to keep this under wraps, we are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, January 2nd, CBS Sunday Morning will present a segment on me and my work. I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by the formidable journalist, Martha Teichner. What a great way to start 2022!

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Judy Chicago Forever de Young

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October 16, 2021, dusk

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Judy Chicago’s multicolored, site-specific Atmospheres performance: Forever de Young. This open-air performance is in celebration of the artist’s exhibition Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, now on view at the de Young museum. This piece, in collaboration with her husband, photographer Donald Woodman and long-time pyrotechnic partner Chris Souza of Pyro Spectaculars, marks her largest and most complex mixing of color in the air—an extension of her long-time interest in the emotive capacity of color.

Forever de Young is sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in honor of his late mother, Arlene Schnitzer, an ardent art collector, gallerist and long-time member of the Board of the de Young Museum.

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0821 - Judy Chicago: A Retrospective


August 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with a retrospective spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her current body of work, a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, begun in 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramic sculptures, in addition to ephemera, several films, and a documentary. Together, these works of art chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist named Cohen by birth and Gerowitz by marriage, who, after trying to fit into the patriarchal structure of the Los Angeles art world, decided to change her name and the course of history.

Organized on the heels of the 40th anniversary of Chicago's landmark installation, The Dinner Party, in San Francisco and opening in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote across the United States, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective pays homage to an artist whose lifelong fight against the suppression and erasure of women’s creativity has finally come full circle.

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Judy Chicago THE FLOWERING: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JUDY CHICAGO

0821 - THE FLOWERING: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JUDY CHICAGO

Since the fall of 2019, which seems like a lifetime ago, I embarked on a long journey of self-reflection as I revisited my two earlier autobiographies, 'Through the Flower' and 'Beyond the Flower'. It was like having an in-depth conversation with my younger self. As I result, I decided to reexamine my life and career, update the story I began in 1975 and add a whole new section to deal with how much has changed since 1996, when 'Beyond the Flower' ended. On this last day of Women’s History Month, I am so excited to unveil the cover for my complete autobiography 'The Flowering' which will hopefully be inspiring, empowering, and useful to anyone interested in making a change—a goal which has fueled my career. The Flowering, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem, will be published on July 20, 2021—coincidentally my 82nd birthday—by Thames & Hudson. Through the Flower, the non-profit arts organization that I founded in 1977, is now taking orders for SIGNED copies!

Judy Chicago

0721 - "Diamonds in the Sky"

July 17, 2021 at Dusk

Through the Flower Art Space
107 Becker Avenue
Belen, New Mexico 87002

Judy Chicago, Donald Woodman, and their long-time collaborators, Pyro Spectaculars, will present “Diamonds in the Sky,” a new, site-specific Smoke Sculpture™ at Through the Flower Art Space located at 107 Becker Ave, Belen, NM on Saturday, July 17th at dusk.

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Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Rainbow AR

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Bringing individuals together through their experience of the work, Judy Chicago Rainbow AR unfolds as an interactive performance, releasing plumes of smoke and changing color. Curling and billowing across the viewers’ screens, the work will invite audiences to interact with the smoke, walking through or around it. Produced in close collaboration with Pyro Spectaculars, Light Art Space, and experienced designers International Magic

Judy Chicago Call and Response

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Date: November 11, 2020 – November 15, 2020

Hall B West Bund Art Center
2555 Longteng Ave
Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Based on its own collection system, the Longlati Non-profit Foundation has joined hands with Judy Chicago and Stanley Whitney to present their seminal works to Chinese audiences. This exhibition is supported by Lisson Gallery and Salon 94 Gallery and is curated by Sun Wenjie.

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Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Reunites With Dior For Handbag Project

1020 - Judy Chicago Reunites With Dior For Handbag Project

Judy Chicago is back for a second collaboration with Dior – and this time, you can walk away with it. The artist designed the monumental set for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spring haute couture show in January: a tent shaped like a goddess figure, filled with 21 banners embroidered with feminist messages. Now she is one of 10 artists tasked with customizing the Lady Dior handbag for the fifth edition of the Dior Lady Art project.

Judy Chicago CHICAGO IN INK: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

0920 - CHICAGO IN INK: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Salon 94 is pleased to present "Chicago in Ink: An Autobiography". In a rare gesture for a contemporary artist, Judy Chicago has made prints with most of her bodies of work since 1965. Like much of the media she employs, printmaking is an inherently collaborative venture. Harnessing the respective expertise of master printers, Chicago fiercely experiments in various printing techniques. The multiplicity of prints and their collaborative production process expands the democratic accessibility of Chicago’s work.

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Judy Chicago Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Announces the Acquisition of Judy Chicago's Print Archive

0820 - Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Announces the Acquisition of Judy Chicago's Print Archive

Oregon-based philanthropist and owner of one of the world’s most important post-war and contemporary print collections, Jordan D. Schnitzer, the President of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, has acquired the significant print archive of world-renowned artist Judy Chicago, whose art has pushed the boundaries of technology and subject matter for her entire six-decade career. Chicago’s print archive and the associated studies and process works represent her journey as a woman artist in an art world long dominated by male artists, curators, and critics.

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0520 - Judy Chicago: Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks Archive

I am pleased to announce the Nevada Museum of Art's recent acquisition of my fireworks archive for its Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections. The archive, Judy Chicago: Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks, contains materials from my extensive body of work with dry ice, colored smoke, and fireworks, manifested in 45 projects spanning from 1967 through the present. These objects include thousands of photographs, digital images, slides, 16 mm films, correspondence, drawings, maps, notes, maquettes, clothing, and a limited edition set of prints.

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Judy Chicago Judy Chicago: A Global Vision

0120 - Judy Chicago: A Global Vision

 The Female Divine, Judy Chicago’s collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director for Christian Dior, for the Spring/Summer 2020 haute couture show in Paris is making headlines across the globe.

Being hailed as “one of the most ambitious art-and-fashion partnerships in recent years” (artnet news), a “feminine tour-de-force” (CR Fashionbook), and the “coup of her career” ( Prestige Magazine), media coverage of the collaboration spanned the globe and exploded on social media outlets.

Judy Chicago DIOR SPRING-SUMMER 2020 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

0120 - DIOR SPRING-SUMMER 2020 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

At the invitation of the Creative Director of women’s collections Maria Grazia Chiuri, Judy Chicago designs the Dior Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture show set displaying a series of large appliquéd and embroidered banners, posing a range of questions around the evolution of the role and power of women through the ages, starting with “What if Women Ruled the World?”

The monumental sculpture "The Female Divine", created for the Dior Couture Spring-Summer 2020 show, contains the runway at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

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16 November 2019 – 19 April 2020

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
S Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BA, United Kingdom

In her 80th birthday year, BALTIC presents the first major UK survey of pioneering feminist artist, author and educator Judy Chicago. The exhibition spans Chicago's fifty-year career, from her early actions in the desert in the 1970s, to her most recent series, The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction (2013–16), which has not been previously shown outside of the US.

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October 17, 2019

The Judy Chicago Portal bridges Judy Chicago collection housed in three institutions: Penn State University, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Bringing together a public university library, a private institutional library, and a museum allows-in this rare collaboration- for the potential of each repository to consider and embrace new audiences and their collective interested in Judy Chicago’s oeuvre and overall impact.

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Judy Chicago THE END: A MEDITATION ON DEATH AND EXTINCTION

0919 - THE END: A MEDITATION ON DEATH AND EXTINCTION

September 19, 2019–January 20, 2020

National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005

Through this series, the artist reflects on her own mortality and appeals for compassion and justice for all earthly creatures affected by human greed. Chicago’s bold, graphic style viscerally communicates the intense emotion she experienced while contemplating her own death as well as the death of entire species. The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and made possible by the MaryRoss Taylor Exhibition Fund.

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September 7–November 2, 2019

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, LA 925 N Orange Drive, Los Angeles

Judy Chicago created a remarkable body of work in Los Angeles and Fresno from 1965 - 72 that has been largely unseen for fifty years. Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles will present a full survey of these early works from September 7 – November 2, 2019. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, and documentation of Chicago’s environmental and fireworks projects.

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Judy Chicago Through the Flower Art Space Grand Opening

0719 - Through the Flower Art Space Grand Opening

July 20th - 21st, 2019

107 Becker Ave
Belen, NM 87002

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Through the Flower Art Space On the occasion of Judy Chicago's 80th birthday!

The Through the Flower Art Space is a center for educational resources and creative opportunities that connect visitors to cultural institutions across the US. Through the Flower Art Space features changing art exhibitions, a video and book library, and a permanent exhibition about Judy Chicago’s life and work.
The opening was accompanied by a very special fireworks performance by Judy Chicago, "A Birthday Bouquet for Belen." Many other events included a Judy Chicago Wines release party and a TTF sponsored Pop-up exhibition!

Judy Chicago Harper's Bazaar April, 2019

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Judy Chicago doesn’t mince words. “In the ’60s and ’70s, you had to paint like you were a white guy if you wanted to show your work,” says the artist, whose 1979 feminist masterpiece, The Dinner Party, features the lady bits of historical and mythical women served up on supper plates.

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Judy Chicago SMOKE SCULPTURE: <i>A Purple Poem for Miami </i>

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Sat, Feb 23, 2019
Doors open 5:30pm Performance at sunset (6:15pm)

Jungle Plaza
3801 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137


ICA Miami presents a new site-specific performance by Judy Chicago in the Miami Design District Jungle Plaza. Entitled A Purple Poem for Miami, Chicago’s new smoke performance is presented as part of ICA Performs, the museum’s signature platform for the development of new and recent works from leading performance artists.

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago: A Reckoning

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Judy Chicago: A Reckoning
December 4, 2018 - April 21, 2019


ICA Miami
61 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” a major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist. This exhibition highlights Chicago’s iconographic transition from abstraction to figuration, and explores the ways in which the artist’s strong feminist voice transforms our understanding of modernism and its traditions.

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Birth Project: Born Again
June 17, 2018–October 7, 2018


Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 Union St, Pasadena, CA

This exhibition reassembles approximately sixteen of the most exceptional Birth Project works, examining both past and present attitudes towards female empowerment and sexuality and underscoring Chicago’s redefinition of the terms art and craft. By presenting the works thirty-plus years after their creation, the exhibition emphasizes the role art can play in giving voice to the ongoing process of social change, particularly in regards to both reproductive choice and health care.

Judy Chicago ARTIST JUDY CHICAGO NAMED TO TIME 100 ANNUAL LIST OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

2018 - ARTIST JUDY CHICAGO NAMED TO TIME 100 ANNUAL LIST OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

In a landmark year for feminism, interest from a younger generation as a result of societal changes in women’s rights have sparked a renewed interest in Judy Chicago as a pioneer of the feminist movement. Chicago is responsible for one of the most important artworks of the twentieth century, The Dinner Party (1974-79), an installation celebrating women’s achievements in Western culture in the form of a meticulously executed banquet table set for 39 mythical and historical women and honoring 999 others. The work is permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum as the centerpiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. On her inclusion in the TIME 100 list, Chicago says, “It is ironic that after all these years, where I was once critiqued I am now being lauded. My goal has been to make a contribution to a more equitable world through art and I am honored and thrilled that my work is being recognized now by TIME. I am grateful to all those who have supported me on this long and challenging journey.”

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Judy Chicago T Magazine cover featuring Judy Chicago!

2018 - T Magazine cover featuring Judy Chicago!

"Then there’s our cover star, Judy Chicago, a medium- and genre-defying artist who, at 78, is and will be the subject of a number of major solo gallery and museum shows over the next 18 months. The past year saw her most celebrated work, the monumental (in all senses) “The Dinner Party” (1979) — a vulvic-inspired table with ceramic plates for 39 women from across the centuries, from Sappho to Virginia Woolf — become a pop-cultural touchstone, a visual shorthand for women’s exclusion from the annals of history and a revisionist fantasy: Here, literally, was their place at the table. " -HANYA YANAGIHARA

Judy Chicago FEMINIST ART ICON JUDY CHICAGO ISN’T DONE FIGHTING by Gloria Steinem

2017 - FEMINIST ART ICON JUDY CHICAGO ISN’T DONE FIGHTING by Gloria Steinem

For ten years now, Judy Chicago’s 20th-century masterpiece The Dinner Party has been on permanent view at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It’s become such a fixture there that it is hard to imagine the shock and vitriol the piece caused when it was first displayed in 1979, after four years and hundreds of hands went into its production. The Dinner Party went against so many mores, even by progressive art-world standards: it was overtly political, its content directly championing women’s rights and liberation; it was constructed not by an auteur but by a community; it was comprised of ceramics and needlepoint, “decorative arts” associated with feminine domesticity. Chicago’s sculpture was—and is—radical, correcting the boldfaced names of history while inspiring a new way of conceiving open, activist art production. Amid the straightforward concept of 39 increasingly vaginal place settings, each reserved for a different groundbreaking woman, Chicago and her team filled the triangular structure with so many symbols and allusions that the reading of the work never stops. (Each side of the triangle, for instance, holds 13 place settings, which is the same number of seats at both The Last Supper and of witches in a coven.)

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Judy Chicago <i>Roots of the Dinner Party: History in the Making</i> 2017
Judy Chicago <i>Roots of the Dinner Party: History in the Making</i>

2017 - Roots of the Dinner Party: History in the Making

October 20, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn, NY


The Brooklyn Museum will host an extensive exhibition of rarely seen archival, process, and documentary material created during the making of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view Chicago's seminal work, permanently housed at the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, alongside the historical documents, test materials, and ephemera which tell the story of this monumental artwork.

Judy Chicago <i> Inside The Dinner Party Studio</i>

2017 -  Inside The Dinner Party Studio

September 17, 2017 - January 5, 2018

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Washington, D.C.


NMWA presents, Inside the Dinner Party Studio, an exhibition exploring the studio environment during the creation of Judy Chicago's monumental work, The Dinner Party through archives, documentation, and film.

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Judy Chicago NMWA Announces Judy Chicago Visual Archive

2017 - NMWA Announces Judy Chicago Visual Archive

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington DC is proud to announce the creation of the Judy Chicago Visual Archive at the museum’s Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center. The archive will document Chicago’s career through photographs, slides, negatives and printed ephemera. These materials span the 1960s through the present and capture fleeting performance pieces such as her pyrotechnics and dry ice works, as well as exhibitions of drawings, paintings, sculpture and installations, including The Dinner Party. The visual archive will be an essential resource for researchers.

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2017 - Judy Chicago's Liverpool Mural: Four Lads From Liverpool

Judy Chicago was invited by Tate Liverpool to be one of 13 artists, musicians, and performers from the UK and abroad, each tasked with representing one of the tracks on the Beatles' seminal album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as part of a city-wide celebration of the album's 50th anniversary. For her assigned song, "Fixing A Hole," Judy designed a 40 foot high mural that was painted on the side of the monumental White Tomkins and Courage Grain Silo at Stanley Dock in Liverpool.

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Judy Chicago <i>BE NO MORE</i>: An immersive dry ice installation at SFMOMA 2017
Judy Chicago <i>BE NO MORE</i>: An immersive dry ice installation at SFMOMA

2017 - BE NO MORE: An immersive dry ice installation at SFMOMA

On April 26th, Judy Chicago and a team of event assistants from across the US, built the artist's fourth dry ice installation, this time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as part of the museum's celebration of their new building. The piece, titled "Be No More", was constructed during an all-day build with more than 20 tons (40,000 pounds) of dry ice and illuminated with hundreds of road flares. Throughout the day and into the evening, thousands of onlookers were attracted to the installation which spelled out the word "truth" as a metaphor for a new and disturbing reality in the U.S., the idea of alternative facts. In the evening, the word was lit from within with pink flares, which turned the entire environment a pearly pink. After dark, there was a second lighting which caused the brightly lit word to be reflected in the adjacent glass wall of the museum. Then, the lights faded and slowly, the ice sublimated (or disappeared). But for a short time—as she has done throughout her career—Judy Chicago attempted to speak truth to power.

Judy Chicago Frieze Masters

2016 - Frieze Masters

Judy Chicago's work was featured in Salon 94's booth at Frieze Masters at Regent’s Park, London, UK, October 6 – 9, 2016.

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Judy Chicago Judy Chicago in Frieze New York

2016 - Judy Chicago in Frieze New York

Judy Chicago's 1983 work Earth Birth from the Birth Project was showcased in Salon 94's Frieze New York booth. The New York gallery, founded by Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, represents Judy Chicago. The work received accolades in both the New York Times and ARTnews art reviews. In ARTnews, Andrew Russeth writes, "Probably the biggest surprise of the fair for me, literally and figuratively: Judy Chicago's Earth Birth, 1983. This beauty is 6 feet tall and 11 feet long, and it explodes off the wall while also sucking you in. It was at the booth of Salon 94, which is now showing Chicago." Image courtesy of Salon 94, New York

Judy Chicago Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist

2015 - Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist

Frieze week in London: Judy Chicago was interviewed by curator, critic, and art historian, Hans Ulrich Obrist, for the Transformation Marathon.

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Judy Chicago <i>Why Not Judy Chicago?</i> 2015
Judy Chicago <i>Why Not Judy Chicago?</i>

2015 - Why Not Judy Chicago?

Curated by renowned feminist curator Xabier Arakistain and drawing from works across Chicago’s career, this exhibition both celebrates Chicago's oeuvre and challenges the ongoing institutional resistance to her work. The exhibition opened at Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain, and is currently on view at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, through September 4th, 2016!

Judy Chicago <i>The World Goes Pop</i> at the Tate Modern

2015 - The World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern

This groundbreaking reassessment of Pop Art surveyed global engagements with Pop, its origins and its socio-political underpinnings. The exhibition brought together three of Chicago’s seminal Car Hoods.

Judy Chicago <i>The World Goes Pop</i> at the Tate Modern 2015

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Judy Chicago <i>Heads Up</i> 2014
Judy Chicago <i>Heads Up</i>

2014 - Heads Up

"I want to translate particular experiences into universal observations" -- Judy Chicago
Chicago's series Heads Up includes watercolors, sketches, two-dimensional painted glass and three-dimensional cast glass and ceramic heads. Chicago worked on the series from 2007 - 2013, and the work debuted at David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2014.

Judy Chicago <i>A Butterfly for Brooklyn</i>

2014 - A Butterfly for Brooklyn

To celebrate her seventy-fifth birthday, Judy Chicago drew inspiration from her earliest explorations of feminist imagery to create a monumental pyrotechnic performance piece, A Butterfly for Brooklyn, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on April 26th, 2014. The site-specific work measuring approximately 200 feet wide by 180 feet high levitated and swirled before 12,000 viewers. Presented by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, with major funding from Barbara and Eric Dobkin, the project was an outdoor component of the exhibition Chicago in L. A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1962-1974 at the Sackler Center at the Brooklyn Museum.

Judy Chicago <i>A Butterfly for Brooklyn</i> 2014

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Judy Chicago <i>Pacific Standard Time</i> 2011
Judy Chicago <i>Pacific Standard Time</i>

2011 - Pacific Standard Time

Judy Chicago was actively involved in Pacific Standard Time, a Getty funded initiative involving almost every institution from Santa Barbara to San Diego, documenting and celebrating Southern California art from 1945-1980, more than 20 of which years, Chicago was working in Los Angeles. Chicago’s work was exhibited in eight museum shows (including the Getty, LAMOCA, Otis Art Institute, the Pomona College Art Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art). Chicago kicked off the Getty PST Performance Festival with the restaging of two events, Sublime Environment (a dry ice installation) and A Butterfly for Brooklyn, the first fireworks piece Chicago created since 1974.

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Art Education Archive at Penn State

2011 - Judy Chicago Art Education Archive at Penn State

Penn State University acquired Judy Chicago's art education archive, now housed in the University Archives in the Special Collections Library on campus, as well as online. The Judy Chicago Art Education Collection is a living archive on feminist art education.

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago Art Education Archive at Penn State 2011

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Judy Chicago <i>Face to Face: Frida Kahlo</i> 2010
Judy Chicago <i>Face to Face: Frida Kahlo</i>

2010 - Face to Face: Frida Kahlo

Written by Judy Chicago with art historian Frances Borzello, Face to Face: Frida Kahlo has handpicked a selection of Kahlo's work, a hundred portraits that speak to the full spectrum of women's experience. The result is a fascinating conversation between two artistic icons.

Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i> Curriculum Project

2009 - The Dinner Party Curriculum Project

Through the Flower made available The Dinner Party curriculum aimed at K-12 school teachers, created by Chicago in collaboration with Dr. Constance Gee, a well-known art educator, who brought together a select group of curriculum writers. A summer workshop program to train art teachers in The Dinner Party curriculum is offered at Kutztown University.

Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i> Curriculum Project 2009

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Judy Chicago Permanent Housing 2007
Judy Chicago Permanent Housing

2007 - Permanent Housing

The Dinner Party opened in its new permanent housing at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in a specially designed exhibition space, created along with an educational database, ancillary exhibitions and programs. Also, in conjunction with the opening of the Sackler Center and The Dinner Party, Global Feminisms opened at the museum, an exhibition curated by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin, the renowned art historian. This exhibit demonstrated the global impact of the Feminist Art Movement that Chicago helped initiate in the early seventies when she went to Fresno to create a Feminist Art Practice.

Judy Chicago <i>WACK</i>

2007 - WACK

WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution, curated by Connie Butler, opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. This was the first major survey of Feminist art, chronicling the revolutionary art movement that ushered in a historic change, i.e. the first time women were able to openly work out of their experiences as women.

Judy Chicago <i>WACK</i> 2007

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Judy Chicago <i>Chicago in Glass</i> 2006
Judy Chicago <i>Chicago in Glass</i>

2006 - Chicago in Glass

Chicago in Glass opened at LewAllen Contemporary in Santa Fe, a survey of Chicago’s two and three dimensional work in stained glass, fused, cast, etched and painted glass. Chicago explored this new media and transformed a challenging technique into a vehicle for personal expression. She continues to work in glass, particularly cast and kiln fired glass painting.

Judy Chicago <i>Kitty City</i> published

2002 - Kitty City published

Chicago premiered KittyCity: A Feline Book of Hours, a series of watercolors that were also collected in a lavishly illustrated book based upon a traditional Book of Hours but in this instance, chronicling a day in the life of the Chicago/Woodman’s household, which was home to six cats. In conjunction with the publication of the book and exhibitions around the country, Chicago worked with animal rescue agencies around the country to do cat adoptions.

Judy Chicago <i>Kitty City</i> published 2002

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Judy Chicago A Return to Teaching 1999
Judy Chicago A Return to Teaching

1999 - A Return to Teaching

Chicago returned to teaching, doing semester long project classes, that culminated in exhibitions, at institutions around the country, including: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Duke University, Durham, NC; Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY; Cal-Poly, Pomona, CA; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Several films were made about her unique teaching methods which had their roots in the Feminist art programs of the 1970’s. In 2001, she began team-teaching with Donald Woodman, which allowed her to extend her feminist-based pedagogy to include men.

Judy Chicago Home at the Belen Hotel

1996 - Home at the Belen Hotel

Chicago and Woodman moved into the Belen Hotel in Belen, New Mexico, a historic railroad hotel on the National Register of Historic Places, after a three-year renovation/restoration by Woodman. This is the first home of their own either of them has ever had.

Judy Chicago Home at the Belen Hotel 1996

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Judy Chicago <i>Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist</i> 1996
Judy Chicago <i>Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist</i>

1996 - Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist

Judy Chicago published the second volume of her autobiography, which unabashedly probes the issues of gender, power and history that also characterize her monumental works, and asks hard questions about art in our culture.

Judy Chicago <i>Resolutions: A Stitch in Time</i>

1994 - Resolutions: A Stitch in Time

From 1994 to 2000, Chicago created a series of painted and needleworked images re-interpreting traditional proverbs for a multi-cultural future with a select group of needleworkers in the project Resolutions: A Stitch in Time. Described by renowned British art writer Edward Lucie-Smith in his 1999 monograph, Judy Chicago: An American Vision, as a “post-modern project that subverts the traditions of both needlework and proverbs.” The exhibition was curated by David Revere McFadden, senior curator at the Museum of Art and Design in NY, where it premiered in 2000, subsequently traveling to museums in the U.S. and Canada.

Judy Chicago <i>Resolutions: A Stitch in Time</i> 1994

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Judy Chicago Through the Flower in New Mexico 1990
Judy Chicago Through the Flower in New Mexico

1990 - Through the Flower in New Mexico

Through the Flower moved from Benicia, California, to New Mexico, starting a series of public programs and art workshops. It is headquartered in Belen, New Mexico. Currently, Through the Flower has refocused its activities so that it can fulfill its mission to educate a broad public about the importance of art and its power in countering the erasure of women’s achievements through providing resource and research materials through our institutional partners.

Judy Chicago <i>Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light</i>

1985 - Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light

From 1985 -1993, Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman worked on the Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, a journey into the darkness of the Holocaust which resulted in an exhibition that combined painting and photography to explore the meaning of the Holocaust in a contemporary context. It is introduced by a monumental tapestry suggesting that the Holocaust grew out of the ‘fabric’ of Western Civilization and concludes with a large stained glass installation, Rainbow Shabbat: A Vision for the Future.

Judy Chicago <i>Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light</i> 1985

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Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago

1985 - "And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth"

After a whirlwind romance, Judy Chicago and photographer Donald Woodman married. Their wedding was officiated by a female rabbi, and they explored Jewish tradition together and learned about their Jewish heritage. Judy Chicago's Merger Poem was sung at the ceremony.

Judy Chicago <i>Birth Project</i>

1980 - Birth Project

Chicago settled in Benicia, California, to start the Birth Project (1980-85), a series of painted and needle-worked images celebrating creation and the glory and pain of the birth experience, the joy and challenges of pregnancy and the sense of entrapment that often accompanies the satisfaction of giving life. Mary Ross coordinated the collaborative effort over the five years it took to create. Through the Flower moved into an 11,000-square-foot building in Benicia’s industrial park. Unlike The Dinner Party (1974-79), where needleworkers gathered at Chicago's studio, Birth Project volunteers worked at home, periodically visiting Benicia for reviews. Chicago also traveled around the country, visiting the volunteers to review their work at their homes.

Judy Chicago <i>Birth Project</i> 1980

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Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i> Premiere 1979
Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i> Premiere

1979 - The Dinner Party Premiere

The Dinner Party (1974-79) opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with the support of Museum Director Henry Hopkins. Feminist programs and activities accompanied the opening, marking the first time a mainstream museum opened its doors to feminist culture. Opening night drew 5,000 people; more than 100,000 people viewed the work during its three-month run. For the most part, the art press was outraged by the butterfly/vagina imagery but that was lost in the avalanche of popular media. In 1980, The Dinner Party re-opened at the Clearlake campus of the University of Houston, thanks to the efforts of Mary Ross Taylor who became the administrator of Chicago's nonprofit, Through the Flower. Under the guidance of exhibit administrator Diane Gelon, The Dinner Party began an unprecedented, grassroots-fueled worldwide tour to six countries, three continents and was seen by more than one million people.

Judy Chicago Through the Flower

1978 - Through the Flower

In 1978, Chicago established Through the Flower, a 501(c) non-profit corporation to manage the avalanche of small donations supporting The Dinner Party’s completion. Its original mission of providing a fiscal structure for donations to help complete The Dinner Party quickly evolved, and soon Through the Flower began to organize the worldwide exhibition tour that brought The Dinner Party to sixteen venues in six countries and three continents to over one million viewers. Through the Flower has supported numerous projects since its inception. Through the Flower's mission is to educate a broad public about the importance of art and its power in countering the erasure of women’s achievements.

Judy Chicago Through the Flower 1978

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Judy Chicago <i>Through the Flower</i> 1975
Judy Chicago <i>Through the Flower</i>

1975 - Through the Flower

Doubleday published Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist in March. It subsequently was published in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.

Chicago firmed up her vision of The Dinner Party (1974-79), a symbolic history of women in Western civilization, as a triangular shaped table with 39 place settings, 13 plates to a side, and spanning time from the mythical Primordial Goddess to women in Twentieth Century.

Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i>

1974 - The Dinner Party

Chicago stopped teaching to work on The Dinner Party (1974-79). She conceived of the work as a reinterpretation of The Last Supper from “the point of view of those who’ve done the cooking throughout history." Her butterfly motif images would rise off the plates, symbolizing women’s struggle for freedom.

Hundreds of volunteers joined The Dinner Party production crew. All total, 400 men and women worked on the installation, from needleworkers to industrial designers, as well as 20 researchers who helped compile the 999 names on the Heritage Floor.

Judy Chicago <i>The Dinner Party</i> 1974

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Judy Chicago <i>A Butterfly for Oakland</i> 1974
Judy Chicago <i>A Butterfly for Oakland</i>

1974 - A Butterfly for Oakland

Chicago created A Butterfly for Oakland out of 200 road flares outlining a butterfly, to be lit at sunset. A Butterfly for Oakland shimmered for 17 minutes on the shore of Lake Merritt as part of a "Sculpture in the City" project by the Oakland Museum.

Judy Chicago Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman's Building

1973 - Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman's Building

Chicago collaborated with art historian Arlene Raven and designer Sheila de Bretteville to open the Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman’s Building, a public center for women's culture, in Los Angeles in 1973. Five-thousand people came to the opening. Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville and Arlene Raven are pictured.

Judy Chicago Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman's Building 1973

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Judy Chicago <i>Womanhouse</i> 1972
Judy Chicago <i>Womanhouse</i>

1972 - Womanhouse

Chicago moved the Feminist Art Program to the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and began team teaching with Miriam Schapiro. The 21 women in the program renovated a dilapidated old house at 553 Mariposa Avenue in Hollywood. They worked non-stop for three months, repairing the house as well as creating their revolutionary installations. Womanhouse is the first openly female-centered art installation in contemporary art, and attracted wide media publicity as well as more than 10,000 people during its one-month run.

Judy Chicago 19/70

1970 - 19/70

In the spring, Chicago joined the faculty at Fresno State College to teach a women’s-only art program. She encouraged her students to communicate their experiences as women through their art, a ground-breaking and radical idea at the time. With hammers, saws and power tools in hand, the women renovated an old community theater into a 5,000-square-foot studio of their own. In 1971, Chicago wrote in her personal journal about her content-based approach to teaching art: “I want to begin to establish regular contact with the growth of the first Feminist Art ever attempted.” In her entry, she renamed her course the “Feminist Art Program.”

Judy Chicago 19/70 1970

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Judy Chicago Boxing Ring Ad 1970
Judy Chicago Boxing Ring Ad

1970 - Boxing Ring Ad

In December, Artforum ran a full-page ad of Chicago posing like a pugilist in a boxing ring. The Fullerton show debuted Chicago's large, donut-shaped Pasadena Lifesavers, a series of 15 sprayed acrylic lacquer paintings on Plexiglas. Photograph by Jerry McMillan.

Judy Chicago Name Change

1973 - Name Change

Gerowitz (Chicago) legally changed her name, which she announced in an ad for her solo show at Cal State Fullerton in the October Artforum magazine: “Judy Gerowitz hereby divests herself of all names imposed upon her through male social dominance and freely chooses her own name: Judy Chicago."

Judy Chicago Name Change 1973

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