Judy Chicago: Revelations

May 22, 2024 – September 1, 2024

Serpentine North Gallery
W Carriage Dr
London W2 2AR, United Kingdom

In Summer 2024, Serpentine will present an exhibition of trailblazing artist, author, educator and feminist icon Judy Chicago (b. 1939, Chicago, USA; lives and works in New Mexico, USA). Revelations will be Chicago’s first solo presentation in a major London institution. One of the most provocative and influential artists working today, Chicago came to prominence in the late 1960s when she challenged the male-dominated landscape of the art world by making work that was boldly from a woman’s perspective.

Judy Chicago: Herstory

June 29, 2024 – September 29, 2024

LUMA Arles
35 Av. Victor Hugo
13200 Arles, France

LUMA Arles’ presentation of “Judy Chicago: Herstory” spans more than sixty years of the iconic feminist artist’s career for the most expansive exhibition of her work in Europe to date. On view from June 29 to September 29, 2024, “Herstory” traces Chicago’s practice from her early experiments in Minimalism in the 1960s and her revolutionary feminist art of the 1970s to her series of the 1980s and 1990s—such as the Birth Project (1980–85), PowerPlay (1982–87), Holocaust Project (1985–93), Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994–2000), and The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction (2012–18)—which expand the purview of her Second Wave Feminist agenda to confront environmental disaster, genocide, social inequity, birth and creation, mortality, and the construct of masculinity. Contextualizing Chicago’s feminist methodology within the many art movements in which she participated—and from whose histories she has frequently been erased—“Herstory” showcases Chicago’s tremendous impact over many decades. LUMA Arles’ presentation of “Judy Chicago: Herstory” is curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.


Judy Chicago and Nadya Tolokonnikova invite you to join this participatory artwork, support gender equality and create change. All who share feminist values are invited to come together and make their voices heard at this urgent time for women’s right.

Choose a single question or respond to as many questions as you want. Written messages and visual images submitted here will be reviewed and selected contributions will be shaped by the artists into a new collaborative project, with the mission of creating a foundation for the largest gender rights community in Web3.

This project took Chicago’s inspiring banners What If Women Ruled the World, which were created in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior Spring Summer 2020 Haute Couture show, as its source for a new revolutionary blockchain enabled call-and-response.

Responses will be added to the thousands already contributed  with selections forming the material for the creation of an expansive gender rights focused NFT, with shared ownership by all participants.


May 17, 2024 – October 6, 2024

Jewish Museum Berlin
Old Building, level 1
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The exhibition plays with the differing perceptions of sexuality in Judaism. Modern and contemporary art, traditional artifacts, film, and new media illustrate a range of Jewish positions that have been discussed for centuries in the canon of rabbinic literature. From the central importance of marriage and procreation, via desire, taboos, and the questioning of social norms, to the eroticism of spirituality, the exhibition presents the whole spectrum of Jewish attitudes and shows that traditional debates are highly relevant to present-day Jewish positions on sexuality.


April 26, 2024 – November 2, 2024

Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles
Île de Porquerolles, La Courtade
83400 Hyères, France

Organised thematically, the exhibition draws on ideas of myths and monsters in the representation of women to reflect on womanhood in all its many guises. Ultimately, the works in the exhibition disrupt conventional ideas of womanhood to reflect on feminine power and how the representation of women has shaped global cultural attitudes.


April 26, 2024 – November 2, 2024

Nîmes Triennial: Musée des Cultures Taurines
6 Rue Alexandre Ducros
30000 Nîmes, France

The first Contemporaine de Nîmes is centered around a major exhibition entitled La Fleur et la Force (The Flower and the Strength). The exhibition follows an itinerary through the city center, bringing together twelve artistic projects in as many locations, each involving an intergenerational duo of an emerging artist and an established or historic artist, as well as a local community involved in its creation. Musée des Cultures Taurines features Aïda Bruyère and Judy Chicago with students from High school Alphonse Daudet specializing in visual arts.


Observer – ‘My time has come!’: feminist artist Judy Chicago on a tidal wave of recognition at 84On the eve of her UK retrospective Revelations, the veteran US feminist artist known for her large collaborative art installation pieces such as The Dinner Party – and for dividing the critics – is in celebratory mood. Click here for details

Women’s Wear Daily – Judy Chicago Reveals All in New Show at the Serpentine Galleries in LondonIt was a little over a year ago, and Judy Chicago was getting fed up with the relentless pestering from Hans Ulrich Obrist, the curator and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries. Obrist had wanted to do a retrospective of Chicago’s work through the lens of her drawings, and was looking for unseen work. But it was a difficult ask for Chicago, who’s used to working on a grand scale and whose many projects have been realized and displayed around the world.
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Time Out – Judy Chicago: ‘Revelations’Erased, forgotten, overlooked, subjugated and dominated; Judy Chicago saw what history, what society, had done to women, and she did something about it. The pioneering American feminist has spent decades using her art to call out injustice at the hands of the patriarchy. She’s most well known for smoke-based desert performances and ‘The Dinner Party’, a hugely influential installation celebrating thousands of overlooked women. Both are represented here in slightly disappointing documentary form, but this show focuses instead on her drawings and paintings. Click here for details

Telegraph – Judy Chicago: Revelations – No longer the priestess of ‘pornography’Intense: that’s the vibe inside the Serpentine’s new retrospective for the 84-year-old American feminist artist Judy Chicago, which includes, among 200 or so works, various trippy, incandescent visions of women giving birth. Click here for details

Art Basel – Is this the end of the art world’s taboo around parenthood?Forty years ago, Judy Chicago set about countering biblical origin stories that pictured man as humanity’s central creative force: think Michelangelo’s bearded elder bestowing Adam with the touch of life. Her idea was to celebrate mothers giving birth, but her research uncovered an almost total art historical void. She had to go straight to the source, to actual mothers, to ‘build a form language almost from scratch’ she wrote in 1985. Chicago discovered then that ‘not only birth’ but ‘the very nature of this subject…was shrouded in myth, mystery, and stereotype.’ Click here for details

FAD Magazine – Judy Chicago ‘Revelations’ will be the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institutionSerpentine will present the first major interdisciplinary, immersive institutional exhibition in London of Judy Chicago. Focused on drawing, it will bring together new and little-seen works, preparatory studies alongside audio, visual and new technology materials. Click here for details

Wallpaper – Politics, protest and potential: the Barbican explores the power of textiles in artTextiles have often been saddled with restrictive definitions around craft and gender stereotypes, when in fact, they have formed some of the most radical and progressive works of the last century. Many artists have played with these definitions, creating subversive feminist works and expansive sculptural forms. ‘Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art’, a show of 50 intergenerational artists at the Barbican Centre in London, explores quite how far the medium has evolved in the last sixty years. Click here for details

LA Book Review – The Secret Growing: On the New Spiritual Art CanonCarrington, Pelton, Varo, and other artist-mystics have also been fêted in the last five years, their names spoken in such reverent tones that we might momentarily forget their historical exclusion from the museum’s hallowed halls. But as these artists come up for “reevaluation” among modern art critics and gatekeepers, the inquiries feel too narrow. Within the expansive, magical contexts of their work, a question such as who invented abstraction—a popular debate with af Klint currently at its center—loses meaning. Why contort-someone into a preexisting framework when it is their unbounded vision we most need to receive? Judy Chicago’s The City of Ladies, part of the feminist icon’s "Herstory" retrospective at New York City’s New Museum, is among the exhibitions and texts that are presenting alternative ways to define a canon. Click here for details

L’OFFICIEL Paris – A New Exhibition at the New Museum Celebrates Legendary Art Pioneer Judy ChicagoLegendary American Artist Judy Chicago is celebrated in an exhibition at the New Museum. The exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Margot Norton, and Madeline Weisburg, extends over four museum floors. With a career spanning sixty years, Judy Chicago has created numerous masterful pieces through several mediums. The exhibition explores the many facets of the iconic artist through painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, embroidery, and engraving. Click here for details

New York Jewish Week – Judy Chicago’s ‘Rainbow Shabbat,’ an iconic depiction of interfaith solidarity, is on display at New York’s New MuseumThere is a scene currently playing out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that might seem unimaginable in these fractured times.
A man and a woman, each draped in a Jewish prayer shawl, stand at each end of a long table. The man is holding a kiddush cup; the woman is blessing a pair of candles. Around the table sit men, women and children representing the world’s ethnicities and religions: a Christian clergyman wearing a cross, a Muslim man wearing a white keffiyeh, a Black woman in a red robe. Each of the guests has a hand draped over seatmate’s shoulder. Click here for details

The Guardian – Life’s rich tapestry: the unsung wonders of textile artFibre art has long been a subversive medium. A new show at the Barbican unravels its power to reflect on everything from giving birth to racial oppression. A survey exploring the movement’s inter-generational cross-currents, it encompasses everything from hand-embroidered hankies to big sculptural installations. “Textiles as a term is so capacious and expansive,” says Lotte Johnson, one of Unravel’s three curators. “We’re looking at how cultural dialogues as well as poetic and personal associations speak across geographies and time.” Click here for details

Next Avenue – Feminist Artist Judy Chicago Whose History is HerstoryThe "herstory" of groundbreaking, feminist, multi-hyphenated artist Judy Chicago spans six decades of boundary-pushing creative activity in a kaleidoscope of media — painting, printmaking, ceramics, quilting, tapestry, embroidery, stained glass, even pigmented smoke and auto body spray-painting. Click here for details

Dazed – UNRAVEL: The Power and Politics of Textiles in ArtOn the heels of "(Re)sisters," London’s Barbican will open "Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art," which looks at how artists have challenged power structures and reimagined the world through textiles, fibre, and thread. The exhibition will pay homage to the seemingly unsuspecting medium of textiles, and 50 international, intergenerational artists and their works will be explored throughout, focussing on how textiles can communicate ideas of power, resistance, and survival through narratives of violence, imperialism and exclusion, as well as stories of resilience, love, and hope. The stellar list of artists involved includes Sanford Biggers, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Judy Chicago, Diedrick Brackens, Faith Ringgold, Tschalabala Self, and many more.
Unravel will also travel to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in September 2024 Click here for details

Hyperallergic – When Feminism Ruled CalArtsJudy Chicago’s most famous work, the elaborate place setting known as “The Dinner Party,” literally created a place for women at the proverbial table. But Chicago’s goal to reformulate the canon went far beyond individual artworks. For four years, she spearheaded an experimental, performance-based studio at California Institute of the Arts, an incubator that would produce some of the most well-known second-wave feminist artists and history and, as the exhibition The Feminist Art Program (1970–1975): Cycles of Collectivity argues, a diverse third-wave movement, too. Click here for details

Londonist – Art Exhibitions To See In LondonThese days, textiles are being used to address ideas of gender and sexuality, the movement and displacement of people, and histories of extraction and violence — as well as understanding the world through connecting with ancestral practices and communing with nature. Bringing together 100 works by over 50 international artists, Barbican brings together the artists taking textile art in new and exciting directions. Click here for details

The Guardian – Observer critics’ culture highlights for 2024American art star Judy Chicago gets a solo show in her 80s
at the Serpentine Gallery, London (22 May to 1 September), her first major exhibition in a London gallery. Most famous for her 1970s installation "The Dinner Party," which is pretty much Exhibit A of any feminist history of art, with its famous 39 settings for historic heroines, Chicago has spent her life fighting male domination of art and culture.
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The Evening Standard – The best exhibitions to see in London in 2024There's no city better than London for art, and this is a hill we are prepared to die on. This year is looking particularly rich, especially for
women artists , with a bumper crop of solo and duo exhibitions across public institutions, for both contemporary and historical figures, raising their profile higher than it's ever been. Click here for details

Art Forum – Jan Avigikos on Judy ChicagoREVISIONIST HISTORY 2.0, fully dialed up over the past few decades, is once again on a mission to rediscover the many significant artists who were marginalized and never given their due. Patriarchal bias led the charge in discounting certain artists because of their gender, skin color, sexuality, or cultural identity, as straight white men ruled the canon and owned virtually every piece of modernist art real estate in the twentieth century. Clearing away the muck of misinformation, waking up to forms of serial discrimination perpetrated by all our reputable institutions, retrofitting the historical record to reflect the diversity that flourished beneath the story of art’s “official” veneer—indeed, the amount of excavation and correction required is exhausting and seemingly endless. Click here for details

Hero Magazine – “Rage can eat you alive or rage can fuel creativity” – Judy Chicago in conversation with Hans Ulrich ObristAcross six decades, artist, activist, curator and feminist icon Judy Chicago has been crafting an audacious and uncompromising body of work underpinned by the question: ‘What if women ruled the world?’ Fuelled by a desire to end the erasure of female artists, Chicago has dismantled and redefined the canon for herself and her contemporaries whilst paving the way for a future generation of changemakers. Click here for details

The New York Times – How Artists Are Breaking the Taboos Around Depicting BirthNot long after completing “The Dinner Party” (1974-79), her monumental installation dedicated to historical women, the artist Judy Chicago began researching depictions of birth in Western art — only to discover there were almost none. “If men had babies, there would be thousands of images of the crowning,” she said. In an effort to fill this void, she went straight to the source. She witnessed a live birth — the San Francisco-based designer Karin Hibma agreed to let Chicago sketch in the delivery room — and sent detailed questionnaires to more than 100 mothers. (Sample questions: Why did you want to have a baby? What physical changes have become permanent?) Part of her resulting work, “The Birth Project” series (1980-85), made up of painted, woven and embroidered images of women in labor, is currently on view at Chicago’s retrospective at the New Museum in New York. Many of the images are epic in tone and size: Breasts become mountains and rivers flow from between open legs. Chicago was, as she later wrote, “building a form language almost ‘from scratch,’” one that linked the act of birth to divine creation. But to this day, according to Massimiliano Gioni, one of the show’s curators, the series has never been shown in full. Click here for details

Bloomberg & The Businessweek Show – Can Imagination and the Market Co-Exist?Last Saturday, after a screening of Johanna Demetrakas' historic film "Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party'", @throughtheflowerartspace hosted a discussion with 'Dinner Party' participants Kate Amend, Diane Gelon, and Juliet Myers. Juliet once humorously referred to them all as 'Dinner Party Leftovers', but now they've reached the point where they are 'Dinner Party Dessert'. In addition to the people who attended in person, over 470 tuned in live on Judy Chicago's Instagram. Click here for details

The Guardian – ‘What if women ruled the world?’ Judy Chicago’s latest show feels very timely‘What if women ruled the world?” asks Judy Chicago. The words are emblazoned on a colossal, medieval-esque tapestry in Herstory, her exhibition at the New Museum in New York. The tapestry is set up like an altarpiece and forms the backdrop to an almost 1,000-year-old illuminated manuscript by the composer, artist, mystic and visionary Hildegard of Bingen. A woman with a wild amount of freedom for her time, Hildegard was able to speak publicly and correspond with the p Click here for details

Financial Times – Judy Chicago, New Museum review — feminist artist finally takes her deserved place in the modern canonIf looking at Judy Chicago’s art makes you uncomfortable, well, good. The essential 60-year retrospective at New York’s New Museum contains such an abundant supply of provocations, bloodied menstrual pads, gaping sexes, sarcastic needlework and other feminist flexes that it would make anyone break into a sweat. And yet the show is an exhilarating corrective, airlifting Chicago out of footnote status and dropping her squarely in the American canon where she has always belonged. It’s taken her decades to win respect from the establishment she spent a lifetime battering. Click here for details

Art & Object – Judy Chicago’s “Herstory” Makes Space for Women Artists, Before and AfterAfter six decades in the art world, Judy Chicago is finally getting her due. Her exhibition “Herstory,” currently on view at the New Museum, is the artist’s first comprehensive survey exhibition in New York.

Organized by the New Museum's ambitious curatorial team including Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Margot Norton (who is also Chief Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive in California), and Assistant Curator Madeline Weisburg, the show is a survey of Chicago’s work throughout various stages of her career. Ranging from the 1960s to a present day ongoing conversational project, the show looks at the role of feminism through the eyes of female and gender non-conforming artists who have largely gone under-recognized throughout the years. Intimately exploring Chicago’s oeuvre, the New Museum also houses an exhibition within an exhibition titled, “The City of Ladies” and features eighty artists ranging from the late Renaissance’s Artemisia Gentileschi, to Sojourner Truth, Dora Maar, and Leonora Carrington. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Judy Chicago: the veteran artist backing great forgotten women and creating beauty from painJudy Chicago, the godmother of feminist art, knows all about making in the margins. When her installation The Dinner Party was first revealed to the public in 1979, its theatrical staging and meticulously researched conceit—a figurative “seat at the table” for more than 1,000 important female historical figures—drew derision from male critics and saw its initial tour cancelled. While the mainstream art world turned its nose up at Chicago’s endeavour, a dedicated audience was forming. After a bumpy start, The Dinner Party went on to enjoy an international, 16-venue tour in the early 1980s, buoyed by a wave of private donations and bedrock enthusiasm. In 2007, The Dinner Party went on permanent display at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, a monument against women’s erasure from the canon. Click here for details

Dazed – Legendary artist Judy Chicago bags a Dior campaignThe designer first joined forces with the pioneering artist back in 2020, when she got her to create a womb-like installation in which her SS20 Dior Haute Couture show took place. It was, the artist explained, “a paean to masculinity” and explored the idea that if women were the ones largely in charge of designing buildings, perhaps they’d be a lot less phallic. Click here for details

Vogue – Feminist Icon Judy Chicago on Aging, Makeup, and “Gratuitous Beauty”Artist Judy Chicago sees the world through colored lenses. Literally—sometimes lilac, sometimes pink, many shades of blue—but never the standard clear. “Actually, the world doesn’t look different with these on,” the artist shares over Zoom from her New Mexico studio (today’s shades are deep hue of purpley-navy). “I've worn glasses my entire life and since color is the hallmark of my work, this just made sense.” Click here for details

New York Times – Judy Chicago Makes ‘Herstory’: Beyond the Ladies of the Dinner PartyJudy Chicago was anxious, unusually so. For most of her six-decade career as a feminist multimedia-ist, she was out of step with the art establishment — occasionally crossing paths with the institutions that canonize cultural weight but mostly zigging off course: a 5-foot-1 dynamo in platform sneakers, doggedly pursuing her own goals. Click here for details

Artnet News – What if Judy Chicago Ruled the World? A Sweeping Survey at the New Museum Proves How Ahead-of-the-Curve the Feminist Icon Really IsIn a clever curatorial twist, there is a knockout show-within-a-show in “Herstory,” the compelling six-decade survey of the feminist icon Judy Chicago which opened at the New Museum in New York today. Amid floors devoted solely to Chicago’s work, one section, entitled “The City of Ladies,” places her works in dialogue with those of other women artists from across the centuries, from Hilma af Klint to Frida Kahlo. Click here for details

Widewalls – Judy Chicago’s Most Comprehensive New York Survey to Date Comes to the New MuseumIn the 1960s and 1970s, Judy Chicago developed her Atmospheres series that examined social and environmental issues through a feminist prism. Later, in the early 1980s, she launched The Birth Project, where she studied creation myths and canvassed women about their birthing experiences. Always dedicated to feminist questions, Chicago has been present on the art scene for six decades, delivering provocative and deeply engaging work that explores the pressing issues of our time. Click here for details

Artnet News – What if Judy Chicago Ruled the World? A Sweeping Survey at the New Museum Proves How Ahead-of-the-Curve the Feminist Icon Really IsIn a clever curatorial twist, there is a knockout show-within-a-show in “Herstory,” the compelling six-decade survey of the feminist icon Judy Chicago which opened at the New Museum in New York today. Amid floors devoted solely to Chicago’s work, one section, entitled “The City of Ladies,” places her works in dialogue with those of other women artists from across the centuries, from Hilma af Klint to Frida Kahlo. Click here for details

Town and Country – Judy Chicago Finally Gets Her Flowers. It Only Took 60 YearsWhat makes for a good dinner party? It isn’t flowers or tablescapes, or even food. Seasoned hosts know that a party is a success when those who weren’t invited talk about it—whether out of admiration or envy. Nobody knows this better than Judy Chicago, the artist who forged The Dinner Party, an anatomically inspired installation featuring 39 place settings laid out on a triangular table for historical (and some mythical) women, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Georgia O’Keeffe. Following the debut of the piece at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1979, the art world was swift to label Chicago a feminist and political firebrand. “People only considered it political because it challenged the prevailing paradigm,” Chicago says now. And she’s been challenging it ever since. Click here for details

S Magazine – Dior Celebrates the New Museum’s Judy Chicago: Herstory RetrospectiveIn a dazzling celebration of art and fashion, Dior hosted a seated dinner at The Bowery Hotel to mark the opening of the “ Judy Chicago: Herstory ” exhibition. The evening was a true fusion of artistic vision, with the tables even adorned with Dior Maison pieces crafted by none other than Judy Chicago herself. Click here for details

Rain Magazine – Dior Honors Artistic Legacy with ‘Judy Chicago: Herstory’ Celebration at The Bowery HotelLast night, Dior celebrated the launch of “Judy Chicago: Herstory” with an elegant dinner at The Bowery Hotel. This exhibition, showcasing six decades of Judy Chicago’s seminal work and highlighting influential women in art, was further accentuated by tablescapes featuring Dior Maison, designed by Chicago herself. Click here for details

Vogue – Dior Rendezvoused Downtown for the New Museum’s Judy Chicago RetrospectiveThe Judy Chicago exhibition at the New Museum is finally here. After being honored earlier this year at the 2023 New Museum’s Spring Gala, Judy Chicago presents her first-ever solo New York City museum retrospective. “Judy Chicago: Herstory” encompasses a survey of this legendary artist’s oeuvre, a six-decade pioneering career spanning media and genres. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Serpentine Galleries will bring Barbara Kruger and Judy Chicago to London in 2024A triumvirate of important US artists—Barbara Kruger, Judy Chicago and Lauren Halsey—will all have solo exhibitions next year at the Serpentine Galleries in London as part of a programme presenting practitioners “across generations who continue to set the political agenda”, a gallery statement says. Click here for details

Hyperallergic – A New Jewel in the Crown of Santa Fe’s Museum SceneWhen I sat down with Devendra Contractor and Deirdre Harris of Devendra Narayan Contractor Architects (DNCA) to discuss the design for the New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary, Contractor gently cupped one hand over the back of the other. “It’s a gesture of preservation,” he explained. The bodily gesture of one hand protecting the other is a poetic metaphor for the new structure that encapsulates an existing 1936 warehouse building, located on a busy intersection in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. Click here for details

V Magazine – Dior Celebrates Artist Judy Chicago’s “Herstory” Exhibition in New York CityDior marked the commencement of the ‘Judy Chicago: Herstory’ exhibition with an elegant seated dinner held at The Bowery Hotel on October 10. The tables were adorned with Dior Maison designs by the celebrated artist Judy Chicago. Click here for details

Cultured Magazine – Dianna Agron, Peter Marino, and More Toasted Judy Chicago’s New Museum Survey at a Dior-Hosted DinnerFor over six decades, Judy Chicago, has worked tirelessly to translate her fight for female empowerment into institutional change. The 84-year-old artist took the social construction and implications of gender as the starting point for a ractice that evolved into a universe of systemic interrogations—from the experience of birth, to the abyss of the Holocaust, to the urgency of environmental collapse. That career, along with its interdisciplinary and crosscultural prescience, was honored last night as the worlds of art and fashion united to celebrate Judy Chicago's largest survey to date, "Herstory." Click here for details

Art News – Women’s History Foregrounds Judy Chicago’s New Museum RetrospectiveFeminist art icon Judy Chicago examines the role of women and history in her paintings and collaborative art installations showcasing images of birth, creation, and power. Spread across four floors of the New Museum, Chicago’s latest retrospective is a two-part exhibition. “Herstory” presents more than six decades of Chicago’s work in various mediums, including studies for her famed installation, The Dinner Party (1974–79), which is permanently on view at the Brooklyn Museum, alongside early experimental work to her most recent pieces. “The City of Ladies” is a showcase of women artists and thinkers whose work is essential to the progression of women’s history and art, such as Hilma af Klint, Hildegard of Bingen, Simone de Beauvoir, Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, and more. The exhibition is on view at the New Museum in New York from October 12 to January 14, 2024. Click here for details

W Magazine – The Best Celebrity Parties and Galas of Fall 2023There’s a slight breeze in the air, which can only mean one thing in the world of parties and events—it’s officially gala season, and celebrities and socialites are gearing up for another round of fêtes celebrating everything from collection launches to museum exhibitions. So far, he New York City Ballet has thrown the event to top, inviting A-listers from every industry to celebrate 75 years of their famed fashion gala. But the Lincoln Center party is hardly all to expect this fall. There’s still the Academy Museum’s 3rd annual gala, LACMA’s celebration of art and film with Gucci, and so much more. You won’t want to miss one party dress, cocktail, or private performance from any of these events, so make sure to keep track of all the celeb-filled goings on throughout autumn, here. Click here for details

New Yorker – Judy Chicago Beyond “The Dinner Party”Those who know the artist
Judy Chicago
only by her feminist installation piece “The DinnerParty” (1974-79) may be surprised by the eclecticism of her survey exhibition “Herstory,”opening Oct. 12 at the New Museum. In 1968, a year when police officers were busy tear-gassing peaceful protesters, she covered a Pasadena, California, street in benign whitesmoke. Similar performance pieces followed, and there’s a strong argument to be made thatsmoke is the medium in which she has done her finest work. In 1969, she briefly engulfedthe façade of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in a yellowish-orange haze (pictured). “Iwanted to see if I could make it look like it was burning down,” she explained. “Museumswere very inhospitable to women artists’ work.” Click here for details

Flash Art- “Inside Other Spaces: Environments by Women Artists1956–1976” Haus der Kunst / MunichOne of the most notable strengths of the exhibition is its curatorial vision, which foregrounds the works of artists who have often been marginalized or overlooked in art-historical discourse. By focusing exclusively on women artists from 1956 to 1976, the exhibition provides a concentrated exploration of their contributions to the development of environmental and relational art. Curators Andrea Lissoni and Marina Pugliese explained that they specifically wanted to show only actual environments that the public could enter and physically explore. This embodied approach allows viewers to better understand the specific challenges faced by women artists during this period and the innovative ways they tackled them through formal exploration. Judy Chicago, speaking about her
Feather Room
(1966), said that her biggest desire was to make a soft, feminine, cocooned environment. Thousands of chicken feathers are heaped on the floor, which visitors can walk upon or immerse themselves within. Tania Mouraud explained that her work
We Used To Know (1970–2023) was initially closed to the public when she first conceived it. This time she opened it up, making it even more provocative to whomever might enter. Inside, a perimeter of spotlights brightly illuminate a room’s interior, where the spectator is forced to confront a mysterious metal column. Click here for details

Pasatiempo – ¡BIENVENIDOS, VLADEM! The art comes on little cat feetAnyone hoping for immortality might be wise to first seek reincarnation as one of Judy Chicago’s cats. The pampered felines not only enjoy the sweet life in the artist’s renovated and rambling home, once the Belen Hotel, but upon shuffling off their mortal fur, also gain enshrinement as part of her Kitty City project. Click here for details

Cultured Magazine – This Season’s Most Thrilling Museum Exhibitions Have a Common Subject: The Climate CrisisThe fearless artists included in this sweeping show—Judy Chicago, Laura Aguilar, and Fina Miralles among them—have draped their nude bodies over jagged rocks, covered themselves head to foot in straw, and drawn attention to the “masculine gesture of knocking down trees and digging holes” by “feminizing” the air with puffs of colorful mist. The exhibition seeks to illuminate a sad truth: that the degradation of our planet is inextricably tied to women’s suffering. Click here for details

The New York Times – Art Shows and Exhibitions to See This FallJUDY CHICAGO: HERSTORY An expansive survey takes in the revolutionary feminist’s early Minimalism and later considerations of mortality, along with a show within a show featuring work by Hilma af Klint, Hildegard of Bingen and Virginia Woolf. (Oct. 12-Jan. 14, 2024; New Museum) Click here for details

Lonely Planet: Visiting NYC this year? 11 must-see exhibitions to enrich your tripSomehow, this New Museum show is the first-ever museum retrospective of the feminist trailblazer whose work has been confronting – and delighting – viewers for over 50 years. On view will be paintings, textiles, stained glass pieces, installations and works in other media that demonstrate not only Chicago’s artistic evolution, but her role in raising awareness around overlooked women artists throughout history Click here for details

Vogue – 29 Must-See Exhibitions Opening Across the United States This FallWith museum exhibition schedules packed more densely than ever, there are a lot of shows to visit this autumn. While titans of art history, such as Ed Ruscha and Judy Chicago, will be the focus of comprehensive retrospectives in New York, there are also countless opportunities for discovery—whether it’s cutting-edge contemporary artists Yvette Mayorga and Donna Huanca, both of whom will have their first major solo shows on the East Coast, or overlooked female makers from centuries past. Ahead, exhibitions across photography, textile art, performance art, and more that everyone from art historians to gourmands and film buffs will delight in experiencing. Click here for details

New York Magazine – FALL PREVIEW 10 Art Shows We Can’t Wait to See This FallIt’s about time we all got a chance to reassess this great feminist artist — she of the epic The Dinner Party, a triangular table adorned with vulvalike ceramic plates and wild labia. She got so many people’s knickers in a twist in the 1970s that it will be fun to witness everyone correcting what they were so upset about back then. Click here for details

The Washington Post – This fall, there’s a bounty of great art offeringsThe art world, a giant decentralized cyborg raging against nature, sleeps in the summer, exploding to life in the fall. And this fall will be great, folks.

Below are 10 shows I’m looking forward to. Use it as a guide if you like, but please also check your favorite museums’ websites: I had the hardest time winnowing out at least 10 other major exhibits, among them a Caravaggio-focused show at the Art Institute of Chicago, Alma Thomas at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Barkley L. Hendricks at the Frick, Ruth Asawa at the Whitney, Max Beckmann at the Neue Galerie, Judy Chicago at the New Museum, Simone Leigh at the Hirshhorn and John Singer Sargent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Ten exhibitions to see in New York City this autumnFrom large-scale surveys of Judy Chicago and Ed Ruscha, to showcases of Barkley L. Hendricks’s portraits, Ruth Asawa’s works on paper, Shary Boyle’s surreal ceramics, Korean experimental art and more Click here for details

Art & Object – 10 Standout Museum Shows to See this Fall Across AmericaFrom the first comprehensive museum survey of the work of Judy Chicago to the most comprehensive retrospective of the work of Ed Ruscha to a show highlighting the drawings of Ruth Asawa that predate her celebrated wire sculptures, and an exhibition of paintings of Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas that speak to their intense rivalry and convivial scene (and bring Olympia to the US for the first time), shows opening up across the country this fall give us insight into the practices of some of our most beloved and storied artists. While there are so many great exhibitions to choose from, here are 10 we are particularly eager to see. Click here for details

Vogue – 28 Must-See Exhibitions Opening Across the United States This FallSpanning three floors, “Herstory” is trailblazing feminist artist Judy Chicago’s largest New York museum survey to date. The show follows her 60-year, multidisciplinary career, from her 1960s sculptural experiments in Minimalism to The Female Divine (2022), a series of 11 monumental banners that pose questions such as, “What if Women Ruled the World?” (A few years ago, they adorned the runway of Dior’s spring/summer 2020 haute couture show.) The museum approached this exhibition as a retrospective-meets-introspective, for after exploring Chicago’s singular impact producing art that confronts social inequality, environmentalism, and genocide, among numerous global issues, the show features an exhibition-within-an-exhibition celebrating other women. “The City of Ladies” features more than 80 female artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Hilma af Klint, Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Virginia Woolf, who have shaped both Chicago’s practice and art history at large. October 12 to January 13, 2024. Click here for details

Art in America – Datebook: The Art World’s Fall Happenings to Add to Your Calendar“Herstory” surveys 60 years of feminist icon Judy Chicago’s wide-ranging work, taking visitors beyond her famous Dinner Party (1974–79) and through her work addressing everything from pyrotechnics to Minimalism to environmentalism. A related “exhibition-within-the-exhibition” will accompany the show, featuring materials from more than 80 artists, writers, and thinkers, including the likes of Artemisia Gentileschi, Hilma af Klint, Zora Neale Hurston, Frida Kahlo, and Virginia Woolf.
Oct. 12–Jan. 14 Click here for details

V Magazine – Heroes: Judy ChciagoAt the entrance of Judy Chicago’s 1970 Cal State Fullerton exhibition hung a sign that read, “Judy Gerowitz hereby divests herself of all names imposed upon her through male social dominance and freely chooses her own name Judy Chicago.” That declaration, made almost 40 years ago, still sums up the artist’s work and mission today. Chicago and her practice have come to define contemporary art, a field that was denied to women for many centuries. Since then, she’s shown at the Brooklyn Museum, collaborated with renowned Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, and been named one of TIME 100’s Most Influential People. Now looking back at her over 50-year career, the artist is ready to tell her journey–on her own terms. And much like the artist herself, her autobiography doesn’t hold anything back. Click here for details

The Guardian – The great face off: 16 of the most wonderful portraits ever paintedIf portraiture allows artists to give something or someone immortality, it’s intriguing that Judy Chicago decides to use the medium to imagine herself in her final moments. How Will I Die? is a series of eight paintings of Chicago in different death scenes – in the arms of her husband, hooked up to a machine, screaming in pain. In this, the artist is naked and curled up in the foetal position with “Will I leave as I arrived?” written above her. It is vulnerable and harrowing, but there is power in Chicago’s use of portraiture to test out scenarios and therefore maintain agency before a terrifying inevitability. Click here for details

The New York Times- Hannah Gadsby’s Picasso Show Was Meant to Ignite Debate. And It Did.Among the other artists included are Mickalene Thomas, Judy Chicago and Marilyn Minter, all of whom were informed that their pieces would be in the show. Thomas and Minter declined to be interviewed.

Chicago said she saw in the derisive reviews confirmation of the misogyny that Gadsby confronted in the museum show and in “Nanette.”

“There is a level of hysteria — and hostility — in some of the writing that reminds me of the hysteria that surrounded ‘The Dinner Party,’” Chicago said, referring to her famous feminist installation from the 1970s, which resides at the Brooklyn Museum. Click here for details

Artnews – Not Patriarchal Art History, But Art ‘Herstory’: Judy Chicago on Why She Devoted Her New Show to 80 Women Artists Who Inspired HerJudy Chicago is famous for The Dinner Party (1974–79), a work of art celebrating the overlooked historic achievements of women. So, it’s fitting that the great feminist artist’s first New York survey, “Judy Chicago: Herstory,” opening at the New Museum in October, will pay homage to women throughout history.

In an exhibition-within-the-exhibition title “City of Ladies,” features work by more than 80 women artists, writers, and cultural figures. Some are art history’s most famous women, such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Artemisia Gentileschi, as well as the likes of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Elizabeth Catlett, and Käthe Kollwitz. There are also women from other fields, including Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Martha Graham, and Emma Goldman. Click here for details

T Magazine – From tough love to unwavering enthusiasm, a look at some notable relationships throughout history between female artists and their protégéesMentor-mentee relationships have nourished generations of artists, especially those who were not provided formal training or welcomed by established gatekeepers — and in male-dominated fields, the support between women has long served as a kind of shadow academy, anointing and ushering in the next wave of talent. The concept of a mentorship, though, as seen in the examples below, is widely variable. Some mentors are also friends, though a close connection is not always necessary. Sometimes, all it takes is a word of encouragement at the right time to alter the course of cultural history. Click here for details

e-flux – Feminist Spatial Practices, Part 1Feminisms are myriad and countless. In every region, specific movements and discourses about gender emerge, entangled with local political struggles and cultural histories. Ideas shift and move between geographies, gaining new allegiances, oppositions, and transformations. Individuals invent their own everyday methods of pushing on gender norms, with or without any affinity to the word “feminist.” These countless feminisms produce both methods of resistance—for critiquing and countering oppressive power structures—as well as alternative projections—for imagining and enacting more equitable, supportive, and sustainable worlds. A vast landscape of feminist spatial practices around the world, stretching back in time and forwards into the future, resists power and imagines new futures through experimental storytelling, community-building, educating, material testing, and fabricating new architectures. Click here for details

The Guardian – Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri on bridging feminism andfashion: ‘The male gaze is seen as the perspective thatmatters’Chiuri’s six years at Dior have been about feminism as much as fashion. When luxury brands collaborate with female artists and talk about empowerment, what they usually mean is dressing actors for the red carpet or making jumpsuits for a pop star’s stadium tour. Dior is no slouch on that front – Olivia Colman, Natalie Portman and Anya Taylor-Joy were gowned-up for the last Oscars – but Chiuri goes much further. In January 2020, Dior’s haute couture collection was shown inside The Female Divine, a kind of vast blow-up birth canal designed by American feminist artist Judy Chicago and installed in the garden of the Musée Rodin in Paris. It was decorated with embroidered slogans including “If women ruled the world would buildings resemble wombs?” which Chicago said was a rallying call against the phallicism of urban architecture. Two years earlier, Chiuri enlisted the escaramuzas, daredevil female Mexican rodeo riders whose costumes are drawn from the uniforms of women who fought in the Mexican revolution, to star in a show; that same year she collaborated with Israeli feminist choreographer Sharon Eyal to have sinewy, bodysuited dancers weave around the models on the catwalk, a representation of women’s right to control their bodies and the space around them. I could go on. Click here for details

Penn State University News – Expanded Judy Chicago Research Portal relaunches with five unified collectionsPenn State University Libraries has announced the relaunch of an expanded Judy Chicago Research Portal, a searchable gateway to the archives of this prominent feminist artist. The portal is intended to facilitate and support research and curriculum development around Chicago’s work and feminist art in general. Click here for details

Glasstire – Historical Figures, Food, and FeminismAt first glance, Let Things Taste of What They Are immediately conjures Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, an iconic work on permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The installations are both massive tables extravagantly set in a way that feels reverent and over the top. Chicago’s table forms a large open triangle, with each uniquely designed place setting dedicated to an important historical woman. By contrast, Anaya’s table is a filled-in rectangle with bench seating and place settings that, though individually unique because of their organic shapes, are all in the same style. Though Chicago’s piece is more solemn and Anaya’s more absurd, the use of the dinner party vernacular in both works alludes to traditional female roles of cooking, hosting, decorating, and craft. Click here for details

Mirage News – Goddesses, demons, witches and spirits feature in groundbreaking exhibition exploring feminine powerA bold exhibition exploring female spiritual beings and feminine power in the ancient and modern world, featuring stunning objects from the British Museum, opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on 8 December 2022.

Screenprint The Creation by Judy Chicago: In the 1980s, Judy Chicago embarked on The Birth Project to challenge a longstanding Christian tradition of depicting a male deity creating life. This vibrant print reimagines the creation of the world from an overtly Western feminist perspective. It depicts a female deity in a birthing position, her body erupting with life as primordial creatures flow and evolve from her vulva. Click here for details

Surface Mag – James Turrell Unveils a Skyspace in a Norwegian Fjord, and Other NewsAs the feminist gains of the past 50 years are slipping away, feminist artist Judy Chicago teamed up with Nadya Tolokonnikova, of the collective Pussy Riot, to transform her “What if Women Ruled the World?” series into a participatory art project. This new version is enabled by blockchain with the hopes of spawning a Web3 community dedicated to gender rights. The question was at the center of a series of works Judy Chicago made in 2020 for a Dior catwalk. The banners, large textile works in gold, purple, and green fabrics, each represented a response to it. “Would there be equal parenting?” asked one banner. Another posed the query: “Would there be private property?” On the Web3 platform DMINTI, and on a related website, Chicago’s series of banners, each with their own question, are clickable. A form follows where the viewer can respond to the prompt in 150 characters, or with an image. Selected responses will be gathered and made into an NFT. Click here for details

Turkish Journal – Art Basel Miami: UBS Sponsors Spectacular 20th Art ExtravaganzaSince its launch in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach has been a fixture on the artworld’s radar with its eclectic, phantasmagorical exhibitions that reflect a wide range of contemporary art. Art Basel Miami Beach is known for being the cultural art bridge between North and South America and during its 20 anniversary in 2022 with UBS as its primary sponsor, the popular art fair is showcasing its largest exhibition ever with 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories, 26 are participating for the first time in one of the world’s largest art fairs that runs from December 1-3.

Arriola said the installations emit a sense of “optimism and hope to how we might envision our future.” Works included in the exhibition are a statuesque sized hand-crocheted wall-hanging by feminist artist Judy Chicago whose iconic work “The Dinner Party” is on permanent view at the Brooklyn Art Museum. Click here for details

Galerie Magazine – The Buzziest Projects, Performances, and Parties That Made a Splash During Miami Art WeekBack on the mainland, ICA Miami hosted a gathering with Judy Chicago and Pussy Riots member Nadya Tolokonnikova on Thursday night. The attendees were invited to answer questions such as “What If Women Ran The World, Would Buildings Resemble Wombs?” in front of the camera as part of an upcoming NFT project between the two artists. Click here for details

ArtNews – Judy Chicago and Nadya Tolokonnikova Team Up to Create a Feminist Blockchain-Enabled ArtworkAs the feminist gains of the past 50 years are slipping away, most notably with the repeal of Roe v. Wade, feminist artist Judy Chicago teamed up with Nadya Tolokonnikova, of the collective Pussy Riot, to transform her “What if Women Ruled the World?” series into a participatory art project. This new version is enabled by blockchain with the hopes of spawning a Web3 community dedicated to gender rights.

The series’ question was at the center of a series of works that Judy Chicago made in 2020 for a Dior catwalk. The banners, large textile works in gold, purple, and green fabrics, each represented a response to it. “Would there be equal parenting?” asked one banner. Another posed the query: “Would there be private property?” Click here for details

Artnet – Three Generations of Feminist Artists Convened in Miamito Launch a Participatory NFT Project and aReproductive Rights ProtestThursday was all about an intergenerational display of feminist art activism, as Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian collective Pussy Riot teamed up first with Michele Pred and then with the legendary Judy Chicago on a pair of empowering Miami Art Week events.

At the ICA Miami, Tolokonnikova and Chicago were in conversation with museum director Alex Gartenfeld to unveil their new collaboration, What if Women Ruled the World?, a participatory project inspired by textile banners bearing the title phrase that Chicago made for her 2020 Paris fashion show with Dior. Click here for details

FAD Magazine – Judy Chicago & Nadya Tolokonnikova: WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLDDMINTI presents two feminist icons, artists, and activists, Judy Chicago and Nadya Tolokonnikova (founding member of Pussy Riot and Unicorn DAO), collaborating for the first time in a historic participatory project ‘What if Women Ruled the World.’

Recognizing a shared passion to inspire all those who share feminist values to come together and make their voices heard at this urgent time for women’s rights, the artists took Chicago’s inspiring banner, ‘What if Women Ruled the World’, which was created in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior Spring Summer 2020 Haute Couture show, as its source fora new revolutionary blockchain-enabled call-and-response. Click here for details

Artsy – The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2022Jeffrey Deitch was the social butterfly at the fair. His gallery’s booth is curated around the theme of the goddess, largely featuring work made for the occasion by women artists of color. In addition to stellar works, the artists themselves could be found at the booth, which not only added to the social atmosphere, but made the VIP day feel more like an opening at a gallery than a vernissage at a fair. The booth was grounded by two Venus of Willendorf sculptures by Judy Chicago (priced at $225,000 each) and Butler’s towering portrait quilt of Salt-N-Pepa (priced at $175,000). Click here for details

Hype Beast – Must-See Exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022Art Basel is celebrating 20 monumental years in Miami Beach and to ring in this year’s event, the fair will present its largest iteration to date with 282 exhibitors from 38 countries.

From Nadia Lee Cohen to Mario Ayala, Jeffrey Deitch brought the heat in 2022 and expect nothing less from the gallery’s presentation at Art Basel. Entitled Goddesses, the booth will include an all-female lineup of work from prominent and emerging artists, such as Chinaza Agbor, Isabelle Albuquerque, Vanessa Beecroft, Bisa Butler, Judy Chicago, Nadia Lee Cohen, Veronica Fernandez, Genevieve Gaignard, Shyama Golden, Jewel Ham, Kexia Harrell, Ariana Papademtropoulos, Su Su, Alix Vernet, Nadia Waheed, Rikki Wright and Kennedy Yanko. Click here for details

STIR World – ‘Wo/Manhouse’ is a new avatar of Judy Chicago & Miriam Shapiro’s seminal workIn 1972, just about fifty years ago, a group of women took a dilapidated house in Hollywood and renovated it from roof to floor. They took out the walls, replaced the windows and reconstructed it entirely into a feminist, site-specific art exhibition - a first of its kind. Under the guidance of American artist Judy Chicago and co-educator, Canadian artist Miriam Shapiro, this group of students created an immersive experience, combined with art performances and interactive sessions. The showcase, titled Womanhouse, was received with acclaim and saw over 10,000 people pass through its doors. The art exhibition served not only as a space to view art, but also to come together as a community to discuss issues that were urgent - to open up socio-political dialogue. Click here for details

Southwest Contemporary – Review: Wo/Manhouse 2022I have no doubt that Wo/Manhouse 2022, an exhibition spearheaded by Judy Chicago on the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark feminist installation Womanhouse (1972), could have been hosted by any number of prestigious, lacquered institutions across the country. Instead, Wo/Manhouse 2022 took up residence in a rambling, dated house in Belen, New Mexico. Each of the nineteen artists—all based in New Mexico—took over different rooms with installations developed collaboratively with Chicago, artist Nancy Youdelman, and each other: bathrooms, the kitchen, dining room, pantry, and so on. Growing from the roots of its 1972 predecessor, Wo/Manhouse reconsiders and expands on the conception of gender within the sphere of the home. Click here for details

Art Review – The Art of Pain and DiscomfortThe Condition of Being Addressable at ICA LA takes its lead from Judith Butler to mine the spaces where bodies, language and visual life collide

Is language an affliction? The exhibition’s title quotes theorist Judith Butler’s response to a question about why ‘language is hurtful’, excerpted in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (2014). For Butler, language is one distressing result of sharing a world with other people. We are exposed to each other and create categories (race, sexuality, gender) that constrain unique subjectivities. These categories, for guest curators Marcelle Joseph and Legacy Russell, appear in the strange, violent collisions of language and visual life, uniting 25 international, intergenerational artists in this exploration of identity, visibility and power. Click here for details

New Mexico Magazine – Welcome to Wo/ManhouseFor 30 years, a Belén home sat vacant on North Fifth Street, slowly becoming a time capsule of mid-century modern decor. From a well-kept lime shag carpet and floor-length doorbell chimes to a bubble-gum-pink bathroom and yellow daisy wallpaper, it recalled an era when interior design was bright and sunny, yet a woman couldn’t apply for her own credit card without a man’s signature. Click here for details

AN Interior – More Than ClayFrom slabs of baked clay to fine porcelain and a batch of “erotic cookies,” a new all-woman group exhibition organized in collaboration with the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London is a celebration of ceramic art amplified by a series of architectural interventions. Click here for details

Art In America – PRISM OF RELATIONS: THE 2022 TORONTO BIENNIAL“Over long expanses of time, the bottom-most layers of earth move slowly upward, continually revealing its past to us,” curators Tairone Bastien, Candice Hopkins, and Katie Lawson write in their statement for the second Toronto Biennial of Art. Titled “What Water Knows, the Land Remembers,” the exhibition was framed as a “move inland” from the shoreline, which served as an organizing idea for the inaugural biennial (“The Shoreline Dilemma”) that Hopkins and Bastien curated in 2019. The works on view were meant to suggest how land, like water, is an archive, and to ask questions about what current inhabitants have inherited. Click here for details

Hyperallergic – Judy Chicago’s Wo/Manhouse 2022 Could Use Some More DiversityIt’s been 50 years since Womanhouse debuted, helmed by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. The installation and performance space opened in 1972 inside of a dilapidated Hollywood mansion as a result of the yearlong experimental Feminist Art Program that Chicago led at California State University, Fresno, and her co-teaching stint with Schapiro at California Institute of the Arts. To mark the occasion and offer a contemporary lens, the exhibitions Looking Back at Womanhouse and Wo/Manhouse 2022 are on view in Belen, New Mexico, Chicago’s adopted hometown of 30 years. Click here for details

The San Francisco Chronicle – Bay Area artists sound off post-Roe: ‘Because of my abortion I could live my life on my terms’We are only just beginning to imagine the many ripple effects of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing the right to abortion. But it seems inevitable that it will create hardships and horrors that even the most cynical, astute and farsighted among us can’t yet fathom. Click here for details

Ocula – At ICA Los Angeles, Being Comes With ConditionsThe Condition of Being Addressable at Los Angeles' Institute of Contemporary Art (18 June–4 September 2022), is a group exhibition of 25 multi-generational, international artists, among them Hannah Black, Lubaina Himid, Mary Kelly, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Sin Wai Kin.
In Chicago's Immolation and Smoke Bodies (both 1972), white women with their skin painted, play with rainbow pyrotechnics in the California desert. The works intend to refer to non-Western traditions of matriarchy and goddess worship, as well as the historical practice of sati in India, whereby widows would be burned on their husband's funeral pyres. Click here for details

The Paper – Welcome To Wo/ManhouseFrom the looks of 107 Becker Street in Belen, one would think a tidy family resides there. Open the front door and it is clear that, like most households, it is much more complicated than that.

Want to Come Inside?

On June 18, several hundred viewers not only opened the door, they entered Wo/Manhouse 2022 to experience two exhibitions: a reinstallation of Judy Chicago’s Menstruation Bathroom and Wo/Manhouse 2022. Click here for details

Art Limited – Judy Chicago: The Natural WorldRunning 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.
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71 Bait – Sixty Years Judy ChicagoJudy Chicago figures prominently in 20th-century art history programs. Her installations Womanhouse (1972) and The Dinner Party (1979) are essential considerations. On the other hand, her reception in the art world was less rosy. Despite Chicago’s prominence in art historical narratives, her first retrospective exhibition on her career was not held until 2021 (“Judy Chicago: A Retrospective” at the De Young Museum in San Francisco). Click here for details

CurioCity – Here’s why Toronto’s waterfront was full of colourful smoke over the weekendIf you happened to be at Toronto’s waterfront on Saturday evening, you may have caught an epic display of billowing multicoloured smoke.
Spectators were treated to quite the show over the weekend, which was a special “smoke sculpture” installation put on by legendary artist Judy Chicago. Click here for details

CBC Metro Morning with Ismaila Alfa – ‘A Tribute to Toronto’: Feminist artist Judy Chicago brings smoke sculpture to Sugar BeachJudy Chicago is a feminist artist, renowned for The Dinner Party exhibited in the late 70s at the AGO. She is doing a smoke sculpture in Toronto at Saturday at Sugar Beach. Click here for details

Maclean’s – Artist Judy Chicago brings the smoke to Toronto Biennial of ArtAs part of Canada’s leading contemporary visual arts event, the Toronto Biennial of Art, acclaimed artist Judy Chicago is presenting her famous “Smoke Sculptures” north of the border for the first time.
anadian fans can enjoy a double-dose of Chicago’s work this summer. As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, works of Chicago’s dating back to the 1970s are on display in a retrospective called The Natural World at Toronto’s Daniel Faria Gallery until July 9. Click here for details

AGO Insider – Up in smokeThis June, Toronto is in for a spectacle to be seen courtesy of Judy Chicago. In a much-anticipated return to the city, the renowned multi-hyphenate and champion of feminist art will transform Sugar Beach with A Tribute to Toronto to close out this year’s Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA). From a barge on Lake Ontario, non-toxic plumes of colour will swirl together in the air, illuminated with LED lights for a dazzling effect. A Tribute to Toronto – the first of Chicago’s Smoke Sculptures™ presented in Canada and the first presented on water – comes decades after she began experimenting with pyrotechnics in the 1960s and 1970s, paralleling the emergence of Land Art at the time. Click here for details

Smithsonian Magazine – Global Cultures Have Always Worshipped—and Feared—WomenThough ancient cultures elevated some women, they vilified others. ”Feminine Power: the divine to the demonic,” at the British Museum in London through September 25, endeavors to show both sides of female power in ancient and modern cultures around the world, examining female deities who were exalted in some way—even when they were represented as evil. Click here for details

Contemporary Art Review LA – In Formation: How Early SoCal Feminist Artists Forged their Identities through Collaborative PracticePlease Sing Along is currently on view as part of the exhibition how we are in time and space: Nancy Buchanan, Marcia Hafif, Barbara T. Smith at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Curated by Michael Ned Holte, the exhibition is organized around the friendship between the three artists, whom all attended UC Irvine in 1969 (the very first year of its MFA program), and includes early pieces as well as works from across the artists’ careers. Buchanan, Hafif, and Smith are certainly associated with West Coast feminist art, but in a different way than Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro who, in the same years, brought the Feminist Art Program to another newly opened SoCal art school—CalArts. Coincidentally, the work generated in the CalArts program was on view simultaneously this spring in WOMANHOUSE at Anat Ebgi gallery, an exhibition that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the landmark exhibition/environment staged by Chicago, Schapiro, their students, and women artists from the community in 1972. Click here for details

The British Museum Blog – An introduction to Feminine powerThe Citi exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of belief in female spiritual beings. For the first time, sculptures, paintings and dedicatory objects from ancient and medieval cultures across the globe are brought together with modern and contemporary artworks to shine a light on the diversity of ways in which female authority and femininity have been celebrated, feared and understood, throughout history. Click here for details

Valencia County News Bulletin – Mid-century mainstay to reflect artists’ exploration of homeWhat is home? For some, it is a place of refuge and calm; for others, it’s the source of strife and conflict, even violence. In 1972, a group of students and Los Angeles artists transformed the rooms of a dilapidated house into a series of imaginative installations and performance spaces dedicated to the idea of home. This was the original Womanhouse, part of the first Feminist Art Program, established by Belen artist Judy Chicago at California State University, Fresno, and later expanded at CalArts. Click here for details

Dazed – Judy Chicago on her radical feminist art project, WomanhouseIn 1972, art world luminary Judy Chicago and her students took over an abandoned house and repurposed it as the first exclusively female-centred installation. The exhibition, Womanhouse, became a sensation, attracting thousands of visitors in its month-long duration. “Since that time, it has stimulated Womanhouse projects around the world,” the acclaimed artist explains. “I’ve been joking that, like a lot of Judy Chicago projects, this has taken on a life of its own. It's galloping along with me following after saying, ‘Wait for me, wait for me!’” Click here for details

The Guardian – ‘It’s a hell of a scary time’: leading US feminists on the threat to Roe v WadeThe US was shaken earlier this week by the news that Roe v Wade – the ruling that gives American women the constitutionally protected right to safe and legal abortion – could be overturned.
If the leaked ruling by the supreme court does come into effect abortion would be a matter for individual state legislatures and Congress to rule upon. The change would mean women and girls no longer having the same rights their mothers and grandmothers fought for if Republican-controlled states move quickly to end abortion access and Republicans in Congress attempt to enact a nationwide abortion ban. Leading US women’s rights activists and scholars tell us how they feel about the news. Click here for details

Broadway World – Toronto Biennial of Art Presents Judy Chicago Smoke Sculpture in JuneA Tribute to Toronto, 2022, Judy Chicago's latest site-specific pyrotechnic display, will take place on June 4, 2022 at Sugar Beach on Toronto's waterfront as the grand finale celebrating the conclusion of the second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (the Biennial/TBA). Click here for details

blogTO – A billowing smoke sculpture will soon overtake Toronto’s waterfrontToronto often has large clouds of smoke hanging around, so much so that we've been called the "Big Smoke," whether it's from pollution or pot (happy belated 420). But soon, a cloud of smoke that's a lot more colourful and beautiful will appear at our waterfront.

American pyrotechnic artist Judy Chicago will set off her first ever smoke sculpture in Canada this summer called A Tribute to Toronto at Sugar Beach. It will be the grand finale concluding the second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA). Click here for details

The New York Times – In Dishes and Dolls, a Foundation of Feminist ArtJudy Chicago still grows amused — and not a little incensed — when she recalls how male critics first responded to her work and that of other pioneering female artists. The men reserved special scorn for The Dinner Party, Ms. Chicago’s 1979 sculptural installation whose place settings, inspired by illustrious women, incorporate china painting and embroidery. “The womanly arts?” she said in mock outrage during a recent video call. She added: “You’re not allowed to think about them. They’re not art, right? They’re craft.” Click here for details

Southwest Contemporary – Judy Chicago Reprises 50-Year-Old Piece at a Donated, Small-Town HouseFifty years ago, Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, and a group of their art students from Fresno State College and the California Institute of the Arts opened the feminist art installation and performance space Womanhouse. The collective modified rooms in a derelict Victorian house in the Hollywood Hills into individual works of art centered on women’s domestic experiences. Click here for details

S Magazine – Judy Chicago’s Smoke Sculpture Heads to the Toronto Biennial of Art this JuneFor famed artist Judy Chicago, colour resonates throughout her oeuvre in a deeply psychological way, extending beyond its ability to excite on a purely visual level. “Colour is the through line in my work, whether ephemeral or explored in more tangible forms such as paintings or sculpture. Colour is a doorway to many aspects of the human condition—from the terrifying to the sublime.” Chromatic play is especially evident in her Smoke Sculptures™, as she calls them, which are large-scale, site-specific installations composed of non-toxic multicoloured smoke and other pyrotechnics. Right now, she’s preparing for A Tribute to Toronto, a smoke sculpture that will debut at Sugar Beach overlooking Lake Ontario as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art this June. Click here for details

Frieze – What to See In Brazil During SP-ArtePairing two artists separated by age and cultural background – when legendary US feminist artist Judy Chicago was garnering attention for works such as The Dinner Party (1979), Leda Catunda was still in high school in Sao Paulo – Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel’s latest show reveals a commonality of interest not only in the female body, desire, birth and rebellion, but also in the reimagining of painting and abstraction through materials habitually associated with ‘women’s work’. Whether bold and bright like Chicago’s Hitch Your Wagon to Star (2000) – which combines painting, appliqué, embroidery and quilting – or wantonly whimsical, as is the case with Catunda’s Recheada (Stuffed, 2019) – a crimson acrylic painting on fabric, whose shape resembles a flaccid tongue – the two artists’ textile pieces expand painterly gesture by blending brushwork with needlework. Click here for details

Toronto Star – From Jeffrey Gibson’s colourful clubhouse to Judy Chicago’s smoke sculpture, what to look forward to at the Toronto Biennial of ArtAs spring moves into sandal weather, Torontonians will once again reunite with local beaches for a summer-loving blast. But for the next 10 weeks, artists from around the globe are asking us to look beyond dreams of floaties and barbecues to contemplate a deeper relationship to water and land beyond our city borders Click here for details

Barron’s – Worldwise: Artist Judy Chicago’s Favorite ThingsJudy Chicago’s art is going up in smoke—which is exactly how she wants it.

The feminist-art pioneer will present one of her mesmerizing "smoke sculptures” in June as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art. A carefully choreographed “performance” of vibrantly colored vapors, the event—dubbed A Tribute to Toronto—will become Chicago’s first smoke sculpture created on a floating barge. Click here for details

Artsy – Revisiting the Famed Feminist Exhibition “Womanhouse” with an Intersectional LensFor six weeks in the winter of 1972, a dilapidated Victorian mansion in Hollywood was transformed into a phantasmagoria of womanhood that laid the groundwork for early feminist art. Titled “Womanhouse,” the exhibition opened its doors on January 30th for approximately 10,000 people to experience a “bad-dream house,” as Time magazine described in a 1972 review. Click here for details

ARTnews – Can Land and Water Be Archives? A Pandemic-Era Toronto Biennial Mines the Histories Beneath Our FeetThere are hundreds of biennials in the world, and with each edition, a new curator is picked to take the reins. That makes the Toronto Biennial of Art, whose second edition opens on March 26, unlike its colleagues. For the second edition in a row, the same curatorial team has taken the helm, allowing some artists to create work over the course of four years instead of just two. Click here for details

CBC – How to explore the 2022 Toronto Biennial of ArtThe Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) opens Saturday, March 26 and for 10 whole weeks, its slate of programming is entirely free to explore. In addition to art exhibitions, the program includes performances, workshops and walking tours, and all that action will be spread across nine different venues, a mix of art galleries and repurposed spaces that stretch from the city's downtown all the way to Mississauga. Click here for details

Forbes- National Museum Of Women In The Arts Goes Big With First Exhibition Outside Historic HomeBig checklist: 150 objects
Big names: Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson, Julie Mehretu, Kara Walker, Wendy Red Star, Judy Chicago.
More big names: Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Nicole Eisenman, Jenny Holzer, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu.
Big ambition: hosting its first off-site exhibition during the closure of its historic home for a massive renovation. Click here for details

KCRW – ‘WOMANHOUSE’ and Diedrick Brackens’ weavings: Check out new LA art exhibits“WOMANHOUSE” is back for its 50th anniversary, focusing on a feminist perspective and highlighting paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from several key artists who were part of the original 1972 installation. “WOMANHOUSE” came out of a program run by Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro at CalArts. It’s on view now through April 16 at Anat Ebgi’s gallery on 4859 Fountain Avenue. Click here for details

The Washington Post – At the American University Museum, a pair of exhibitions showcase the work of female artistsThe American University Museum exhibition “Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” is characterized by splintered imagery and ruptured identity. But that doesn’t mean the artwork itself is chopped into little pieces. In fact, “Positive Fragmentation” is one of two A.U. Museum shows — both highlighting art by women — that include pieces on an epic scale. Click here for details

Town & Country – The O.G. VisionariesThey’re everywhere: on the runways, on our screens, in our collective consciousness. And if not them literally, we see their indelible imprints on all we deem cool and captivating right now. To create this inaugural (and admittedly subjective) list, we surveyed the living style and arts figures whose gritty dedication to their own originality and point of view has made them into our cultural touchstones.

Judy Chicago: Feminism, genocide, environmentalism—it was all covered in this icon’s recent retrospective at the de Young. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Womanhouse—the original matrix for feminist art—turns 50In Johanna Demetrakas’s documentary about Womanhouse, the 1972 takeover of a dilapidated Hollywood mansion by the Feminist Art Program of CalArts, you can see Karen LeCocq sitting at an ornate vanity playing the role of the middle-aged courtesan Lea. She knows her looks are fading and painstakingly applies thick layer after layer of foundation in a desperate attempt to turn back the clock. Click here for details

Albuquerque Journal – Artist Judy Chicago to launch ‘Wo/Manhouse 2022’ project in BelenFifty years ago, the artist Judy Chicago launched Womanhouse, the first openly feminist art installation. On June 18, the artist famous for “The Dinner Party” will relaunch the project in Belen, retitled Wo/Manhouse 2022.

Chicago is opening the project to New Mexico artists across the gender spectrum. Proposals can be submitted in March; Chicago’s nonprofit Through the Flower Art Space five-member committee will make final selections in April. Chicago expects to choose between 16 and 20 artists. Click here for details

W Magazine – Judy Chicago Confronts Her Younger SelfThis past year, you had a major retrospective at the de Young Museum, in San Francisco, published an autobiography, and held exhibitions of your work across the country, including pieces from your “Birth Project” series, which felt particularly relevant given what’s been going on with the Supreme Court. Your recent show at Nina Johnson Gallery, in Miami, featured a lot of hands. What interests you about that part of the body? Click here for details

Galerie – 8 Standout Works to See at FOG Design+Art in San FranciscoJudy Chicago’s “Garden Smoke” series was created in response to the artist’s experience during the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Chicago staged and photographed vibrant colored smoke sculptures in her home garden in New Mexico. Poetic words of confinement surround the frames. Click here for details

Wallpaper* – Judy Chicago wins Best Fireworks: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022Judy Chicago wins Best Fireworks award for Forever de Young, her biggest ever public performance, staged at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The epic work, created in collaboration with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza also adorns the limited-edition subscriber cover for the February 2022 issue.

Judy Chicago’s career is defined by a fierce self-belief, prodigious creative flair, a zest for social justice, and a lot of smoke. Click here for details

Interview – “It Happens”: Breaking Glass With Judy ChicagoJudy Chicago is so inextricably linked to The Dinner Party—the iconic, yonic, banquet-style installation she first staged in 1979—that it’s tempting to see everything that the 82-year-old artist has done since as chapters of the same story. Indeed, the sculptures in Judy Chicago in Glass, the artist’s latest series of large glass heads and hands on view at Miami’s Nina Johnson Gallery, could be the long-lost limbs of The Dinner Party’s phantom guests. But where The Dinner’s ceramic place settings represented a number history-altering women, Chicago’s latest exhibition focuses on more sweeping themes that have intrigued the artist over nearly seven decades of practice. Click here for details

CBS Sunday Morning – Artist Judy Chicago on making a name for herself"The Dinner Party," a triangular table set for 39 singular women – Virginia Woolf, Sojourner Truth, and Georgia O'Keeffe among them – with the names of nearly a thousand others on the floor around it, in porcelain and needlework, has a spiritual, "Last Supper" quality, intentionally. "I wanted to substitute female heroes for male heroes," artist Judy Chicago said of her work.

Women volunteers did the sewing. "All those anonymous stitchers in the ecclesiastical embroidery class making vestments in praise of male power, male deity – what if we took our own techniques and put them in service to our own achievements?" she told correspondent Martha Teichner. "It tells this story of centuries of struggle, achievement, erasure; struggle, achievement, erasure." Click here for details

KQED Forum – Decades of Powerful Art Emerge From the Shadow of ‘The Dinner Party’ in DeYoung’s Judy Chicago RetrospectiveArtist Judy Chicago made her name in the 1970s with her groundbreaking feminist piece, The Dinner Party. Chicago has said she didn’t know if she’d live long enough to escape the shadow of that iconic piece. Now, in the first retrospective of her work, the full range of the 82 year old artist’s career is on exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The retrospective highlights “how forward thinking and daring Judy has always been in tackling uncomfortable subject matter that is now very much at the forefront of our current discourse,” curator Claudia Schmuckli said. Forum talks with Judy Chicago and Schmuckli about the evolution of her art and social consciousness. Click here for details

W Magazine – The Most Talked-About Art at Miami Art Week 2021Nina Johnson has devoted the upstairs of her namesake gallery to its second solo showing of Judy Chicago, now on view through January 15. The pioneering artist best known for The Dinner Party, a monumental installation of an imagined banquet, is putting her expertise with glass in the spotlight with head- and hand-shaped sculptures from the early 2000s, along with works in steel and porcelain. There are official install shots, of course, but the above Instagram that Chicago posted with curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist offers a glimpse at both the sculpture’s scale and the 82-year-old artist’s magnificent hair. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Three exhibitions to see in Miami this weekendThe prolific artist Judy Chicago—best-known for her vibrant kaleidoscopic paintings and the landmark feminist work The Dinner Party (1974-79)—began working with glass in the early 2000s, creating sculptures of the human form that often depict evocative busts or closed fists. This exhibition focuses on two series from this lesser-known facet of Chicago’s career, called Head’s Up and Hands, some of which incorporate cast glass with bronze, evoking both the fragile and strong physicality of their subjects. In addition to a series of earlier drawings that correspond with the glass works, the show includes a new large-scale abstract sculpture titled Zig Zag (1965/2021), a steel version of an earlier piece made when Chicago produced her signature Minimalist sculptures and paintings that demonstrate her earliest investigations of the colour palette and rhythmic, conjoining geometric shapes. Click here for details

Moment Mag – Notable Books on Art and ArtistsThis intimate and absorbing account of the life and work of the pioneering artist, feminist and activist is hard to put down. With her groundbreaking 1979 installation The Dinner Party, the colorful and often controversial Chicago turned the traditional household role of women on its head by creating a table for 39 remarkable women to bring attention to their achievements. Written in anticipation of her first retrospective, now at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, this personal story traces the artist’s career and highlights her determination to champion women. Click here for details

Moment Mag – Visual Moment | Judy Chicago’s Revolutionary ArtJudy Chicago always wanted to be an artist. “From the time I was a child,” she writes in her 2021 autobiography, The Flowering, “I had a burning desire to make art.” By her own account, she started to draw when she was barely talking. A preschool teacher praised her as gifted and at the age of five, the future artist started riding a bus across town on her own to take lessons at the Chicago Art Institute.

One of the key forces behind the 1970s feminist art movement, the colorful and often controversial Chicago, a self-styled “troublemaker,” was thrust into the spotlight with her landmark 1979 installation The Dinner Party, a tribute to women’s contributions to history using vulval and butterfly imagery as its motif. Though lambasted by critics and marginalized for years by the male-dominated art establishment, Chicago persisted. Click here for details

Artnet News – After Six Decades, Judy Chicago Is Finally Getting Her First Retrospective (and ‘The Dinner Party’ Isn’t in It)If there’s one takeaway from Judy Chicago’s first-ever retrospective, currently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, it’s that there’s far more to the 82-year-old artist than The Dinner Party (1974–79), the masterpiece of feminist art that, for better or worse, has come to define the artist’s six-decade career.

“The goal from the beginning was to show the depth and breadth of her practice as an artist beyond The Dinner Party,” curator Claudia Schmuckli told Artnet News. “Putting the emphasis on the entirety of her career and the entirety of her output was always of utmost importance to us.” Click here for details

The Art Angle Podcast – Judy Chicago on How to Build a Lasting Art CareerIf you’re familiar with the artist Judy Chicago, chances are you associate her with one piece: her magnum opus The Dinner Party, an epic work of installation art featuring elaborate place settings for 39 famous women, both mythical and historical, at a triangular banquet table. Click here for details

Museum Confidential – Judy ChicagoOn the occasion of her first-ever career retrospective, we speak with the legendary artist and feminist, Judy Chicago (born 1939). Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, now on view at San Francisco's de Young Museum, includes about 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramic sculptures, in addition to ephemera, several films, and a documentary. We also talk about Chicago's smoke sculptures. What is a smoke sculpture? We'll get to that. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – The Big Review: Judy Chicago at De Young MuseumLike many women of her generation, Judy Chicago had to fight for her rights and for a modicum of the attention that accrued to far less talented men. And from time to time—starting, perhaps, with that famous 1970 photograph showing her in the corner of a boxing ring, gloves on—she has played with her own reputation for being a fighter. Click here for details

Hyperallergic – Judy Chicago Retrospective Brings the Artist Full CircleArtists with shorter and less varied careers have been celebrated with retrospectives, so it’s hard to believe that an icon such as Judy Chicago has had to wait this long for her flowers. But that injustice makes the experience of seeing Judy Chicago: A Retrospective at San Francisco’s de Young Museum — the exhibition’s only venue — even more rewarding. This blockbuster show spanning six decades of the artist’s career may actually be worth the wait — it’s expansive and satisfying, leaving the viewer with much to think about.
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CBS – “Automania” at MoMA: How our love of cars fueled artThis summer the meaning of "arriving in style" rose to new heights, as these cars were lifted to their parking places, for a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The exhibit, "Automania," features nine vehicles, from the unique 1946 Cisitalia 202 GT, to more familiar cars like the Volkswagen Beetle, or the Airstream Land Yacht.
Correspondent Serena Altschul said, "A car can be so many things to different people, you know – memories, nostalgia." Click here for details

Wallpaper – ‘I just didn’t fit’: feminist icon Judy Chicago on revolutionising art historyAt the de Young Museum, San Francisco, American feminist artist Judy Chicago has just opened her first ever retrospective. We speak to the artist about her epic career, filled with patriarchal battles, fierce self-belief, and a lot of smoke.

At the age of 82, and after 60 years of spearheading feminist art, Judy Chicago has just received her first retrospective. Puzzling, perhaps, that it’s taken so long, but in understanding Chicago’s relatively recent institutional acclaim, one must first appreciate what it took to arrive here. Click here for details

Elephant – That’s the Chicago Way: the Uncompromising Life of Judy ChicagoIt’s strange for an artist to be defined by a single artwork. It is stranger still if that artist works across a range of media, and is also an author, a teacher, a feminist and an activist. As pleased as Judy Chicago is about the (positive) attention The Dinner Party (1974-79) has received over the years, the 82-year-old still hopes to live long enough to see the rest of her work emerge from its shadow. As the first full retrospective of her career opens at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, it looks like Chicago’s other remarkable creations are finally creeping into the light. Click here for details

BlackBook – Must Exhibition: ‘Dior: Designer of Dreams’ Dazzles at the Brooklyn MuseumDior dazzles with a panoply of both edgy newer couture pieces and many of the storied house’s signature classics in the breathtaking, quite fittingly titled exhibit Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which has just opened this week at the Brooklyn Museum. This once-in-a-lifetime event is the brainchild of Florence Müller, Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum’s own Matthew Yokobosky, and Paris based exhibition designer Nathalie Crinière. Click here for details

Jewish Book Council – ‘The Flow­er­ing: The Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of Judy Chicago’Judy Chicago’s extra­or­di­nary body of art­work reflects the dynamism of her ear­ly com­mit­ments to fem­i­nism and forg­ing a life as an artist. As the decades have unfold­ed, her art­work has con­tin­ued to evolve. New, pow­er­ful works emerge from the stu­dio bear­ing her name, and from the fin­ger­prints of myr­i­ad crafts­peo­ple, with aston­ish­ing reg­u­lar­i­ty. Chicago’s work is mon­u­men­tal and vital­ly rel­e­vant to the cul­ture. While her place in the art­work seems secure, Chicago’s new auto­bi­og­ra­phy, The Flow­er­ing, doc­u­ments both the his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary pre­car­i­ty of her work while also remind­ing read­ers of her vis­cer­al, artis­tic vision. Click here for details

The Guardian – ‘I’m that little lady who made all this big stuff!’: Judy Chicago’s 60 years of monumental feminist artCriticized at the time for an over-emphasis on white women and its stylized representations of vaginas, Judy Chicago’s room-sized installation The Dinner Party has only recently come to be seen as a canonical example of late-20th-century art.

At times, The Dinner Party has overshadowed the rest of Chicago’s prodigious output, and she has professed a distaste for revisiting it or rethinking the list of invitees. When a museum director informed Chicago 40 years ago that it would be the culmination of her career, she says she responded with, “I’m just getting started.” Click here for details

Observer – The Magnificent Judy Chicago Gets Her First RetrospectiveA new exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California marks major feminist artist Judy Chicago’s first retrospective. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is the first exhibition to offer a comprehensive survey of her work from the early sixties to today. And while there have been many exhibitions that have shown Chicago’s work, they’ve often been focused on individual bodies of work or a selection of works from several decades.

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Judy Chicago: A Retrospective @ de Young museum, San FranciscoJudy Chicago’s art vibrates. It pulses with color, emotion, motility and intelligence. It doesn’t invite, but embraces with silky skin, velvety depth and frequently, brittle truth, much like the artist herself. Although the pieces brim with a perfectly structured incandescence, the passion often compels Chicago to invest the work with handwritten, heartfelt words that embed like precious manuscripts. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, delayed by pandemic precautions, has finally arrived at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, accompanied by shows throughout the Bay Area at Jessica Silverman Gallery, the Berkeley Art Museum and Contemporary Jewish Museum. Click here for details

BlackBook Magazine – de Young Museum’s ‘Judy Chicago, A Retrospective’ Surveys a Radical Feminist Art JourneyIt says much about the misogynistic position of the art world establishment at the time (something that is far from solved even today, obviously), that when Judy Chicago at last completed her most iconic work in 1979, after five years of effort and conceptualizing, it was enthusiastically received by audiences, but outright panned by critics. The Dinner Party was a monumental and thought-provoking installation, with table settings that payed homage to equally monumental women and female deities, of ancient and more recent history, from Sappho to Elizabeth I to Sojourner Truth and Virginia Woolf. Click here for details

ARTnews – Beyond ‘The Dinner Party’: How Trailblazing Artist Judy Chicago Made Space for WomenWhile living in Fresno, California, during the early 1970s, Judy Chicago undertook a research project focused on female artists throughout the ages. These days, such an initiative hardly seems revolutionary—many books have since been published about pioneers by historians like Linda Nochlin, Griselda Pollock, Mary Garrard, and more. But at the time, art history as it existed in the U.S. was almost exclusively focused on the achievement of white males based in Europe and New York. Chicago sought to change that. Click here for details

The San Francisco Chronicle – Has culture finally caught up to artist Judy Chicago?In a world reverberating from the societal tidal waves of #MeToo, Kamala Harris’ historic vice presidential victory and a revitalized women’s movement, it feels like culture has caught up with Judy Chicago.

Throughout her career, the 82-year-old artist has been both celebrated and maligned for her work across media that challenges notions about gender and the role of women in history. Looking at some of Chicago’s most well-known projects, you can see the building blocks for this current era of art and activism. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Radical from the start: Judy Chicago’s retrospective at the De Young Museum goes beyond The Dinner PartyThe De Young Museum in San Francisco will open a major retrospective this month devoted to the pioneering artist Judy Chicago. The show chronicles more than six decades of her prolific career and aims to move beyond the common focus on her magnum opus, The Dinner Party (1974-79). The landmark feminist installation—made up of a banquet table covered with ceramic plates depicting vulvas honouring historic and mythological women—has somewhat overshadowed other facets of Chicago’s career, drawing both impassioned praise and criticism since it was first shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1979. Click here for details

NPR – Judy Chicago Reflects On Prolific Artistic Career In New MemoirNPR's Scott Simon speaks to artist Judy Chicago about her new memoir, The Flowering. Chicago is most known for her multimedia installation, The Dinner Party. Click here for details

Dazed – Judy Chicago on setting the patriarchal art world ablazeAs she releases her memoir The Flowering, the prolific artist talks about channelling her anger, discovering Megan Thee Stallion, and making space for women in the male-dominated art world.

“I had a singular vision from very early on and for a long time I didn’t understand why I kept encountering so much resistance in the word,” legendary feminist artist, educator, and activist Judy Chicago tells Dazed. As a white, cis, middle-class, Jewish-American woman coming of age in the mid-twentieth century, Chicago was not content to allow society to dictate the trajectory of her life. She learned from an early age that the only way forward was to craft her own identity and path – a lesson that served her throughout her trailblazing career. Click here for details

The Washington Post – Judy Chicago’s memoir settles old scores with the art worldIf you asked an artist during the second half of the 20th century what their art was about, the answer might have dealt with the idea of the canvas as an arena for action, or the paring away of extraneous elements of the picture plane, or the attempt to make art when all formal problems had already been explored. If you ask an artist today the same question, chances are good they will say that their art is about gender and identity. Artistic permission to explore these subjects was a result of a wave of feminist artistic theory 50 years ago, and The Flowering, Judy Chicago’s memoir, is an intimate account of this period by one of its biggest names. Click here for details

Forward – How Judy Chicago became part of art historyJudy Chicago, whose immense body of work draws on overlooked women’s history, the tragedy of the recent Jewish past and features no small amount of literal fireworks, is having yet another moment.

Born Judith Sylvia Cohen in (naturally) Chicago, the artist, whose name is regularly appended with words like “controversial,” will receive her first-ever retrospective in August at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It’s hard to overstate the exhibition’s significance. It was over 50 years in the making, following decades of undeserved derision from the art community who dismissed her landmark work, The Dinner Party,” a physical tribute to overlooked women and an experiment in communal artmaking, as “vaginas on plates.” Click here for details

Artlyst – Judy Chicago Unleashes Her New Autobiography – Edward Lucie-SmithThe dust-jacket of this handsome new book proclaims that ‘Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic living artist’. That statement has been a long time coming – Judy is now in her eighties. When one reads the narrative of her life, one sees how tough a struggle she has had to reach the situation of respect she now enjoys. As a late chapter in the new book makes generously clear, I played a small part in achieving this; however, she was already long famous thanks both to her exhibitions and to her autobiography Through the Flower, my book Judy Chicago: An American Artist was the first comprehensive book-length study devoted to her art. I met her on a visit to New Mexico in 1996. Then, as Judy relates: “En route back to the airport, he shocked me by asking what I thought about the idea of him writing what would be my first major monograph.” The book was not published until the year 2000, just over two decades ago. Click here for details

LA Times – Judy Chicago’s Desert X art got canceled. Will the same happen at the de Young?It’s official: The two-month-long Coachella Valley biennial known as Desert X will not include a relocated Judy Chicago piece, the artist has told The Times, and the cancellation of the work is threatening a smoke sculpture planned for San Francisco’s de Young museum in mid-October.

Chicago’s Desert X smoke sculpture and performance, “Living Smoke: A Tribute to the Living Desert,” was supposed to take place in April over 1,200 acres at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The Palm Desert organization, which had approved the work, canceled it after activist, longtime local resident and former Times staffer Ann Japenga raised concerns about the artwork’s effects on the animals in the region. Click here for details

NY Times – Smoky Artwork by Judy Chicago at Desert Zoo Is CanceledTwo years ago, the arts organization Desert X in Palm Springs, Calif., canceled a Jenny Holzer light projection to be shown on a local mountainside during its biennial exhibition for fear of endangering bighorn sheep that roamed there.

Now, Judy Chicago’s plans for creating an ephemeral, atmospheric artwork at the 1,200-acre Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert for the upcoming edition of the biennial have been scrapped after an environmental activist began a letter-writing campaign against the project, raising questions about its effects on sheep and other animals in the region. Click here for details

Palm Springs Life – Smoke SignalAs the sun begins to set on the Santa Rosa Mountains on April 9, thick plumes of colorful smoke will come rushing through the foothills along the southeastern perimeter of The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. They’ll form clouds that draw your attention to the environment — and hold it there, not only until the otherworldly vapors clear, but long after.

With Living Smoke: A Tribute to The Living Desert, one of 13 site-specific artworks in the Desert X exhibition continuing through May 16, artist Judy Chicago intends to honor both the zoo’s 50th anniversary and the desert’s natural wonders. Click here for details

LA Times – Judy Chicago on her Desert X smoke sculpture and feminizing land artThe Desert X biennial staging site-specific, sometimes monumental artworks across the Coachella Valley announced its project lineup this week, and a standout among the 13 artists is Judy Chicago.

The 81-year-old artist, who lives in New Mexico but has ties to Los Angeles dating to the 1950s, has long been injecting the feminine into male-dominated land art. Colored smoke in her fireworks pieces, which she’s been producing since the late 1960s, is meant to soften or “feminize” the surrounding landscape. Her new work for Desert X, which opens March 12, is very much an extension of this. Click here for details

Women’s Wear Daily – Artist Judy Chicago Reunites With Dior For Handbag ProjectPARIS — 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. “I have actually not thought much about purses,” Chicago confesses in a telephone interview from Belen, a small town 35 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M., where she and her husband, the photographer Donald Woodman, live and work in a historic red-brick hotel that once served as a boarding house for railroad workers. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper – Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archiveThe Oregon philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer has acquired a significant archive of prints and other works on paper by the artist Judy Chicago with the goal of highlighting her six-decade feminist career through exhibitions and museum loans.

The purchase by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, encompassing over 300 limited-edition prints, preparatory drawings and sketches and copper plates, is entering a collection already known for championing women artists and artists of colour including Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Alison Saar and Hung Liu, according to Tonya Turner Carroll, the Santa Fe dealer and art advisor who brokered the acquisition. No price was disclosed. Click here for details

NY Times – What Does Art Have to Do With the Coronavirus?Since I wrote the first draft of this essay in early March, the world has turned upside down. I have revised the original text, guided by a single question: Does art matter when we are facing a global crisis such as the current Covid-19 pandemic?
Obviously, there is a great deal of art that doesn’t matter. This includes the work issuing from those university art programs that every year pump out thousands of graduates, taught only to speak in tongues about formal, conceptual and theoretical issues few people care about or can comprehend. Then there is the art created for a global market that has convinced too many people that a piece’s selling price is more important than the content it conveys.
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Frieze – Jane Fonda and Judy Chicago on Art and the Climate Emergency"Actually, my concern for our treatment of other creatures dates back to earlier in my career. In the 1980s, I was commissioned by Greenpeace to do a poster called Rainbow Warrior, after the Rainbow Warrior ship that they launched in 1977. It was based on a Native American belief that when the creatures of the sea are facing extinction, a rainbow warrior will descend from the sky to protect them. Then, between 1985 and 1993, when I was working on the ‘Holocaust Project’ with my husband [the photographer Donald Woodman], I became interested in the ethical line between human and animal experiments..." - Judy Chicago Click here for details

The New York Times – If Women Ruled the World, What Would They Wear?PARIS — A few decades ago, around the time she unveiled her breakthrough work “The Dinner Party” and formulated her animating question “What if Women Ruled the World?,” the artist Judy Chicago made a maquette of an enormous sculpture she wanted to build.

Entitled “The Female Divine,” it would be a reclining corpulent nude, reveling in her own fleshy abundance. At the time, Ms. Chicago couldn’t get anyone to fund the piece. “Who would want to see that?” was the general drift.

Approximately 40 years later, enter Dior. On Monday, the brand made Ms. Chicago’s dream a reality. The fashion version of it, anyway. Click here for details

ARTnet News – ‘This Has Been the Greatest Creative Opportunity of My Life’: Judy Chicago on How Working With Dior Changed Her Mind About the Fashion WorldIn the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris on Monday afternoon, fashion-week attendees funneled through the entryway of a mammoth white tent structure for the presentation of Dior’s spring/summer 2020 couture collection. The towering 45-foot-tall installation, which greeted guests upon arrival, heralded what is arguably one of the most ambitious art-and-fashion partnerships in recent years, bringing together Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and the great feminist artist Judy Chicago. Click here for details

T Magazine – Inside Judy Chicago’s Monumental Goddess Sculpture for DiorAt Christian Dior’s spring 2020 haute couture show in Paris today, attendees were ushered inside an enormous womblike chamber, with a curved mauve ceiling and soft lilac carpeting. The space was part of a 225-foot-long and 45-foot-high inflatable anthropomorphic sculpture, installed in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, by the pioneering American artist Judy Chicago. The 80-year-old first designed the structure, which represents a goddess figure with round feminine forms, in the late 1970s, though it was never realized in three dimensions. “I’m just glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” she said before the show, dressed in a custom gold Dior suit, her hair dyed a regal purple. Click here for details

Glamour – Judy Chicago Never Wanted to Have It AllNot that she wants to dwell on the past, but the fact is when artist Judy Chicago was fresh on the L.A. art scene in the 1960s, the best compliment a woman could hope to receive was that she painted “like a man.”

“And generally, there weren’t any compliments because most women artists were invisible. I was able to be somewhat visible,” Chicago insists now, with a note of pride. “But I kept running into obstacles.” Women couldn’t get a foothold in major shows. Dealers didn’t want to work with them. Their husbands wanted them at home, or their children needed them. Click here for details

Ms. Magazine – Judy Chicago’s Latest Reckoning"Judy Chicago, known for her monumental work in feminist art, approaches the theme of mortality in her exhibition The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, now opened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. As Chicago celebrates her 80th birthday, and almost 50 years since she unveiled her iconic The Dinner Party, her personal contemplative reflections merge into compassionate pleas for what is larger than ourselves, the world of endangered animals and ecosystems which we all share." Click here for details

Widewalls – Is This The End? Judy Chicago Meditates on Extinction and Death at NMWAThe contemporary art nurtures various critically engaged practices, but the loudest voices are the ones belonging to the notable artists such as Judy Chicago, whose entire practice is devoted to the precise gender-based articulation of the issues concerning, sex, birth, death, violence and the natural world. Although praised for her pioneering involvement in the Second wave of feminism, as an educator, author, and artist (best known for her iconic large scale installation The Dinner Party), Chicago never received proper critical recognition for her deeds until the recent times. Click here for details

Cool Hunting – “JUDY CHICAGO: LOS ANGELES” AT JEFFERY DEITCHVibrant shapes and colors created by Judy Chicago fill LA’s Jeffrey Deitch gallery, with its massive wooden bow truss ceiling. The beloved feminist artist produced these colorful paintings, drawings and sculptures between the ’50s and the ’70s—and the show Judy Chicago: Los Angeles celebrates the path that she forged in California. This includes founding the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of Arts to revisiting seminal work she made and exhibited in LA.
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Flaunt – JUDY CHICAGO: LOS ANGELES | JUDY CHICAGO, ANDREA BOWERS AND CONNIE BUTLER IN CONVERSATION AT DEITCH GALLERYIn a quaint quarter of Hollywood, Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery is a quintessential Californian space; lofty beams, large windows, and expansive square footage. At the peak of the golden hour, the sleepy street starts buzzing with activity. Gallerists, curators, philanthropists, editors and patrons convene, all enthused to bear witness to a literal talk of the town. Click here for details

The New York Times – Judy Chicago on Rescuing Women from Art History’s SidelinesJudy Chicago, the feminist artist and author, is playing to the coasts this month. There is a show of her important early work at Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery in Los Angeles through Nov. 2, and a new series done in painted porcelain and glass called “The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction,” opening Thursday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Her most famous work, “The Dinner Party,” an epic 1979 installation that imagined a gathering of 39 important women sidelined by history, continues on permanent view at the Brooklyn Museum. Click here for details

PURPLE – Judy Chicago interview by Jeffrey DeitchJEFFREY DEITCH — Tell me about the genesis of the Car Hood series. There’s an extraordinary story about your going to auto-body painting school, one woman among 250 men.
JUDY CHICAGO — Jeffrey, I just want to tell you that when I met you at MOCA, and you said to me, “You’re one of my heroes,” I almost fainted on the spot. I had no idea that you knew anything about me or my work, much less that you admired me — because I had admired you from afar for a long time. Click here for details

Architectural Digest – Inside Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman’s New Mexico Art MeccaIn the 27 years since [The Dinner Party] Chicago and her husband, the photographer Donald Woodman, blazed a trail to the town of Belen, New Mexico—pop. 7,152—their own, considerably more modest, dinner table has hosted its share of pilgrims. Among the signatures in their old-fashioned, ledger-style guest book (a housewarming gift from Chicago’s former literary agent) are museum directors and curators who have come to pay homage, plus old friends like Gloria Steinem and passers-through like Arnold Schwarzenegger (he was shooting a movie nearby). “People from Santa Fe view Belen much like New Yorkers see the world beyond the Hudson Valley—i.e., is there life there?” Chicago says. “We used to joke that it was easier to get visitors from China than from Santa Fe.” Click here for details

LA Times – ‘I was being erased’ from Southern California art historyThere are musicians whose careers are made by a single song, authors whose writing is defined by a single novel. For much of her career, Judy Chicago’s work has been overshadowed by a single art piece: “The Dinner Party,” a large-scale 1979 installation that imagined a gathering of 39 important women sidelined by history.

Using the form of an elaborate banquet table with place settings that included hand-painted ceramic plates with designs inspired by female genitalia, the piece paid tribute to figures such as Hatshepsut, the 15th century B.C. Egyptian pharaoh; Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17th century Italian baroque painter; and Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who guided explorers Lewis and Clark. Click here for details

T Magazine – What Should an Artist Save? IT WAS THE EARLY ’80S and a low point for Judy Chicago. The artist had spent more than half of the previous decade creating “The Dinner Party,” an ambitious work of art for which she is today perhaps best known but at the time had earned her ridicule. The unapologetically feminist installation piece, a triangular ceremonial table with 39 place settings, each given to a prominent woman from history and lore, from Virginia Woolf to the ancient goddess Ishtar, with embroidered runners, golden chalices and plates fashioned into raised forms resembling vulva and butterflies, was unlike anything the art world had seen before. Chicago had gone into tens of thousands of dollars of debt to make it. She had intended for “The Dinner Party” to embark on a grand national tour, but instead, after its humiliating critical reception following its San Francisco debut in 1979, she had it packed up and placed into storage and tried to move on. Click here for details

Harper’s Bazaar – Art Pioneer Judy Chicago Is the Feminist We All Need 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. The “vagina china,” as Chicago has been known to call it, earned her equal parts fame and derision when it was produced, with many established figures in the art world labeling it “vulgar” and “crass.” Says Chicago, “I was completely unprepared for the controversy. People are now saying I was way ahead of my time. But for many years my art was considered shit. It was devastating to be misperceived.” Click here for details

Artsy – The Most Influential Artists of 2018 Whether they were experimenting with floating sculptures, investigating war zones, or pushing painting forward in bold new directions, artists in 2018 made exciting and eclectic contributions to the world. There are so many creative accomplishments to celebrate this year that narrowing our focus to the year’s 20 most influential artists was no easy task. The talents you’ll find here have undeniably changed our culture and have touched and inspired countless others who have followed their examples. In many cases, they’ve caused us to reconsider the very definitions of what art can look like, and what it can achieve. Click here for details

Artsy – What Judy Chicago’s Work Reveals about Toxic Masculinity by Jonathan D. KatzIt’s a simple opposition, really: the chiding, angry, petulant faces of Senator Lindsey Graham, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Senator Chuck Grassley set against the painting Three Faces of Man from Judy Chicago’s “PowerPlay” series of 1982–87. When Chicago posted just such a juxtaposition on Instagram following the recent Senate hearings on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, it struck an eerily resonant chord, with commenters lauding the artist with superlatives like “visionary,” “psychic,” “intense and profound.” Click here for details

New York Review Daily – A Place at the Table: An ExchangeAlthough I rarely respond to reviews, I feel compelled to respond to the July 8 essay by Esther Allen on the important “Radical Women” exhibition, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. The writer misunderstands the nature of The Dinner Party, the historic context in which it was created, and, most important, the way in which I arrived at the plate images. As she stated, The Dinner Party is a symbolic history of women in Western civilization, but she completely ignores the “Heritage Floor,” which provides the literal and metaphoric foundation for the table. To focus only on “who’s at the table” is to over-simplify the art and ignore the criteria my studio team and I established and the limits we were working under. Click here for details

Artnet – Judy Chicago’s After-Party Is Here: The Pioneering Artist Gets a Major Museum Survey at the ICA MiamiFor decades, Judy Chicago has aimed to prove that she is much more than The Dinner Party. This winter in Miami, viewers will get a deeper look at just how much more there is to know.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami has announced plans to host a survey exhibition featuring pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, opening in early December, just in time for Art Basel in Miami Beach. Click here for details

Time Magazine – 100 Most Influential People in the World I must have been 15 and living in Chicago when my mom and her best friends Hedy and Judy started talking about Judy Chicago coming to Chicago. It was going to be a big exhibit in the South Loop, and all of the Jewish women were thrilled. I guess they thought I was too young to see so many vaginas, but they came home talking about the religious experience of it.

When I finally saw the color pictures in the Chicago Tribune of the huge triangle table, I couldn’t believe that all of these tongues and pink and flowers and fronds had come out of a woman who looked like my mom. Her real name was Judith Sylvia Cohen, and she had taken our mothers’ unspoken appetites and invented a female gaze in art. “Reclaim! Reclaim! Reclaim!” she shouted as she pointed out how people had made art synonymous with genius and genius synonymous with men.

Her moment is finally here again, and everyone can see she is our legacy, our great, our modern Frida, the should-have-been Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol or whatever men got credited with inventing everything. She deserves every ounce of this brand-new but totally necessary showing of attention, resources, and tons and tons of love. - Jill Soloway Click here for details

Hyperallergic- New Plates by Judy Chicago Serve Up Feminist HistoryIn “The Dinner Party,” Judy Chicago’s famous triangular installation, plates serve up slices of women’s history, rather than food. Now, designs from the symbolic banquet are available to actually eat off, thanks to a new collaboration between the artist and homeware purveyor Prospect NY. The collection features replicas of four plates, crafted in fine bone china — and yes, they’re dishwasher safe. Click here for details

The New York Times – Women, Art and the Houses They Built by Alix StraussBy the late ’60s, Judy Chicago had just turned 30 and was already a fearless and unapologetic artist teaching at California State University at Fresno. There she created a pioneering, yearlong women’s art program. In 1971 she took a job teaching art at the California Institute of the Arts, or CalArts. Her groundbreaking curriculum went with her.

A year later, Womanhouse, an innovative and radical illustration of female expression, was up and running. The exhibit was created by Ms. Chicago and another artist and CalArts educator, Miriam Schapiro, who died in 2015.

A new installment, this one called Women House, is arriving this spring, highlighting another generation of contemporary women artists who reflect, dissect and address the same issues as its predecessors, this time in a gallery setting, using photography, sculpture and video. Click here for details

The New York Times – From ‘Vicious’ to Celebratory: The Times’s Reviews of Judy Chicago’s ‘The Dinner Party’ Judy Chicago was on her way to meet a friend in the Village when she first read Robert Hughes’s review of her work “The Dinner Party” in Time magazine. “I walked into the restaurant, put my head down on the bar and cried,” she says.

When it debuted in 1979, most art critics — including Hilton Kramer of The New York Times — panned “The Dinner Party,” which features three 48-foot-long tables assembled into a triangle with 39 intricate place settings, each dedicated to a notable woman. In his review, Mr. Kramer called it both “very bad” and “failed” art. “Nothing more obvious or accessible or didactic has been seen in an exhibition of contemporary art in a very long time,” he wrote, concluding that “to this male observer, it looks like an outrageous libel on the female imagination.” Click here for details

T Magazine – Judy Chicago, The Godmother by Sasha WeissIN A LARGE, low-lit room is a triangle-shaped table arranged with 39 place settings, the site of a distinguished gathering. It is laid with plates that rise a few inches off the table, as if levitating, each one sumptuously painted with wings or petals or licks of flame emanating from a glowing center: variations on the vulva. As you move along the table, which is 48 feet long on each side, the plates become small sculptures, bulbous and gleaming. Beneath them are runners embroidered with elaborate designs and names in gold thread — women of accomplishment who are familiar and unfamiliar, mythical and rarely spoken of: Sappho, the ancient poet; Anna Maria van Schurman, the 17th-century artist, thinker and theologian; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States. The whole assemblage stands on a floor of luminescent triangular tiles covered in more gold — 999 names of other heroic women written in curling letters. The room is like a temple — a holy place, distinct from the everyday. Click here for details

ARTFORUM- Pussies Judy Chicago at Jessica Silverman Gallery“Pussies,” Judy Chicago’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco since her iconic installation The Dinner Party premiered there in 1979, presented paintings, drawings, and ceramic plates made between 1968 and 2004, many of which exemplified the feminist art practices pioneered by the artist in the 1960s and ’70s. The show felt timely not only because it occurred during … Click here for details

Interview Magazine – FEMINIST ART ICON JUDY CHICAGO ISN’T DONE FIGHTING By Gloria SteinemFor 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 Click here for details

The New Yoker – An Overdue Celebration for an Unruly Landmark of Feminist ArtWhat to do with Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”? Put it on a pedestal, and many will shout it down, as several politicians (all men, all outraged) did, during a televised congressional debate, in 1990, when the art work was offered a permanent home, at a proposed museum at the University of the District of Columbia. Put it in storage, where it languished for the better part of fourteen years, between 1988 and 2002, and the injustice rankles. It’s likely that no one felt it more keenly than Chicago herself, who, when she heard of Elizabeth Sackler’s plans to acquire and build a center around the piece at the Brooklyn Museum, “fell into her soup,” Sackler told me recently. Click here for details

W- Why Judy Chicago, 78-Year-Old Feminist Godmother of Vagina Art, Is Having a Revival“V-a-g-i-n-a…” Judy Chicago, the 78-year-old feminist art pioneer, was painstakingly typing into her oversized smartphone last week when her husband, the photographer Donald Woodman, reached over and pointed out that the account she’d been searching for on Instagram, @vagina_china, had already popped up. “I mean, this would never have happened!” Chicago, who'd just shown me another favorite art account, @clubclitoris, exclaimed. “I just totally love it.”
In fact, we happened to be standing a few feet from a collection of ceramic vulva at the Brooklyn Museum that Chicago and a team of over 400 contributors spent more than five years laboring on in the '70s. Click here for details

i-D- judy chicago, our most important feminist artist, is finally getting a seat at the tableIn 1960, the artist Judy Chicago was an undergraduate student at the University of California. She remembers visiting the campus library one day and being shocked when she found its section on "Gender."

"There were books only on women, as if women are the only ones with a gender," she tells me over the phone from her home in New Mexico.

"It was an absence of thinking at that time and absence is always something that has interested me — the absence of information on women's history and absence of inquiry of masculinity." Click here for details

Dazed – That time artist Judy Chicago served vulvas for dinner When Judy Chicago unveiled “The Dinner Party” in San Francisco in 1979, she turned the art world upside down with the first epic work for the Feminist Art movement. Around an equilateral triangle table, she crafted elaborate place settings for 39 female figures from the history of western civilisation, beginning with the Primordial Goddess and ending with Georgia O’Keeffe. Along the way, viewers encounter Ishtar, Hatshepsut, Sappho, Theodora, Elizabeth I, Sacajawea, Soujourner Truth, Emily Dickinson, and Margaret Sanger, travelling from prehistoric times through the women’s revolution. Click here for details

Garage-We Need Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party Now, More Than Ever I was six years old. Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party—now also part-inspiration for some spectacular plates that adorned the tables at a recent dinner for the digital launch of GARAGE—was making its US tour and enjoying its debut in the artist's hometown (and source of her nom de plume). It was 1981. I remember listening to Marlo Thomas's Free To Be… You and Me over and over, and observing the way my father hung his head in a gesture of absolute defeat after Reagan won the presidential election. At the time, The Dinner Party was "contemporary," having been completed just two years previously, but to my child brain, and even now, it appears medieval, Arthurian, churchy—like something that's been around for millennia and insists on reverence. Click here for details

The Guardian- Judy Chicago: ‘In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist’When artist Judy Chicago was a student at the University of California in 1960, she had one question for her European history professor: “When are we going to learn about great women thinkers?” she asked.

Her male professor promised Chicago he would talk about “women’s contributions” in the last class. But he lied – there were no great women thinkers in his curriculum. Click here for details

The Art Newspaper- Judy Chicago: Catwoman by Jori FinkelJudy Chicago is poised to make another comeback. With a dedication that few artists can match, she has been steadily making art and increasingly working on preserving her legacy, despite wild fluctuations in public opinion and critical reception. This autumn, her work will be especially prominent, with her early output presented in a new light. The gallerist Jessica Silverman has organised Chicago’s first major show in San Francisco (until 28 October), called Judy Chicago’s Pussies, with a nod to her pioneering vaginal imagery and more recent cat portraiture. Click here for details

ARTFORUM- Critic Picks by Anne PrentnieksIn this “grab her by the pussy” presidential era, symbolism seems insufficient as protest—and yet it drove the reclamation of a historically derogatory term for female anatomy, giving rise to thousands of pink hats with kitten ears. Likewise, in the works that make up “Judy Chicago’s Pussies,” Chicago explores the iconography of the pussy as both feminine core and feline house pet, channeling wit, fury, and the inherent bodily and metaphysical power of womanhood. Click here for details

The Cut- The Brooklyn Museum Revisits The Dinner Party by Judy ChicagoOne of the Brooklyn Museum’s most renowned artworks on permanent display is Judy Chicago’s 1979 installation The Dinner Party, a cavernous room on the fourth floor. Created by Chicago and a group of 400 workers and volunteers, the triangular dinner table imagines the contributions of female artists, religious leaders, political figures, and mythological characters are inextricably linked. Thirty-nine place settings are arranged for women including Virginia Woolf, Sojourner Truth, and Georgia O’Keeffe — set with golden chalices, polished silverware, and plates sculpted with shells and flowers to resemble vulvas. The names of 999 more women are engraved in gold on the white-tile floor below.

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DCist- National Museum Of Women In The Arts Celebrates Judy Chicago’s Landmark ‘Dinner Party’ by Blair MurphyAs a young artist in the 1960’s, Judy Chicago faced a male-dominated art world and an art historical canon that all but ignored the contributions of women. She began researching women’s history, looking to her predecessors for guidance on how to navigate the world as a woman and an artist. That quest became the foundation for The Dinner Party, which became one of the most iconic artworks of the feminist art movement, and is now permanently installed at the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Click here for details

Elephant Magazine- Potent Pussies in San Francisco by Leora LutzAdmittedly, I was excited when I heard that Jessica Silverman Gallery was going to be showing never-before-seen work by Judy Chicago. But then I was worried to see cat paintings were included—this is Judy Chicago, of The Dinner Party (1979) fame. What have we become? To traverse from monumental work about art history, women artists, male hierarchy, white male dominated art world, gender inequality—the list goes on—to cats. ‘This is a low time, we’re stepping backward,’ I thought… and simultaneously, ‘I have to see this.’ The show, Judy Chicago’s Pussies is not, but is about “her” various pussies. Click here for details

The New York Times T Magazine- In Art: A Heroine’s Journey by Liz HirschWe’re ‘‘ready for a different narrative about women,’’ says the artist Judy Chicago, fresh off seeing the summer blockbuster ‘‘Wonder Woman.’’ Chicago — who, after taking her hometown’s name partly as a symbolic rebuke of the patriarchy, famously posed as a boxer in the ring for a 1970 Artforum ad — knows a thing or two about the politics of representation. Now, at 78, she’s soon to be the subject of a number of important shows. Click here for details

National Museum of Women in the Arts announces creation of Judy Chicago Visual ArchiveThe National Museum of Women in the Arts announced 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. Click here for details

Artsy- When Judy Chicago Rejected a Male-Centric Art World with a Puff of Smoke by Alexxa GotthardtIn 1968, several years after she graduated from the MFA program at UCLA, Chicago had begun a series called “Atmospheres.” In the first iteration, she used smoke machines to cloak a Pasadena street in a shroud of ethereal white mist. “It softened everything,” she recalls of the vapor’s effects. “There was a moment when the smoke began to clear, but a haze lingered. And the whole world was feminized—if only for a moment.” Click here for details

Judy Chicago: Four Lads From LiverpoolJudy discusses her mural on site in Liverpool. Click here for details

Judy Chicago, Canaletto and Marc Quinn: this week’s best UK exhibitionsThe artist renowned for her installation The Dinner Party (1974-79), the first explicitly feminist artwork to win mass fame, celebrates an earlier pop icon, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. She marks the 50th anniversary of the album with a mural called Fixing a Hole, playing with the psychedelic hues of the 60s to turn a grain silo at Stanley Dock into a colossal work of art. Click here for details

The Seen- Potent Pussy // Judy Chicago by Natalie HegertNatalie Hegert interviews Judy Chicago about her cat paintings from 1999-2004 and her long history of intersectional feminism. Click here for details

Judy Chicago on the Beatles: ‘They represent things we have lost – hope and freedom’For Sgt Pepper’s 50th anniversary, the great psychedelic visionary of feminist art has created a giant mop-top mural inspired by Fixing a Hole – a song that sums up what she has spent her entire career doing Click here for details

International Honor Quilt Exhibition Receives Regional Exhibition AwardThe Southeastern Museum Conference awards the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville with a silver award for the exhibition "Capturing Women's History: Quilts, Activism, & Storytelling" that was on display from February 1 - March 19, 2016. The "International Honor Quilt" is a collaborative, grassroots feminist art project initiated by Judy Chicago in 1980 to "extend the spirit of The Dinner Party". Click here for details

ARTnews: “Jessica Silverman Gallery Now Represents Judy Chicago”Alex Greenberger 07.18.2016
"San Francisco’s Jessica Silverman Gallery announced today that it now represents Judy Chicago, the feminist-art pioneer whose work deals with female sexuality and the role of women throughout art history. The news comes two months after New York’s Salon 94 gallery also said it would represent the artist." Click here for details

New York Times Exclusive: “Judy Chicago Does TV”Robin Pogrebin 05.05.2016
Judy Chicago is now represented by the New York gallery, Salon 94, founded by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Also announced in the New York Times: "Jill Soloway, creator of the acclaimed Amazon television series 'Transparent,' is ... making an Amazon series based on Womanhouse, the 1972 feminist art space that Ms. Chicago organized with Miriam Schapiro." Click here for details

ARTnews: “A Few Delights at Frieze New York”Andrew Russeth 05.05.2016
"Probably the biggest surprise of the fair for me, literally and figuratively: Judy Chicago's EU-22 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."
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New York Times Art Review: “Frieze New York, a Visual Circus Under the Big Top”Holland Cotter 05.05.2016
"There's a beauty at the New York gallery Salon 94, where Judy Chicago's moody, spray-painted 1983 "Earth Birth" is on the same fluid wavelength as a picture by the Sudanese painter Ibrahim el-Salahi, and both gain in sensuality from the contrasting presence of tough pieces by the great Pakistan-born American sculptor Huma Bhabha and the Japanese ceramist Kentaro Kawabata." Click here for details

Temporary Art ReviewJudy Chicago's interview is featured in Temporary Art Review with insights into the exhibition "Why Not Judy Chicago?" and Judy Chicago's thoughts on feminist practice and art. Click here for details

Judy Chicago featured in French national newspaper LiberationThe title is a play on a phrase from the French revolution, "Phallus, the people will defeat you", and refers to curator Xabier Arakistain's thesis in the exhibition "Why Not Judy Chicago?", that from the beginning of Chicago's career she has been challenging the structure of phallocentric culture through her art, writing and teaching. Click here for details

International Honor Quilt in the NewsThe "International Honor Quilt" at the Hite Art Institute is being recognized as an extraordinary work of collaborative quilting, activism and storytelling that served as the inspiration for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Click here for details

University of Louisville’s Hite Art InstituteThe University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute celebrates Judy Chicago, feminist art and social engagement this month! Click here for details

Frieze Magazine interviews Judy ChicagoFrieze Magazine interviews Judy Chicago for the Jan-Feb 2016 issue. Click here for insight into Chicago's studio practice, work that matters to her, and what changes she would like to see in the world. Click here for details

Xabier Arakistain’s curatorial statement for Why Not Judy ChicagoClick here for Xabier Arakistain's curatorial statement for Why Not Judy Chicago?, the traveling solo exhbition of Judy Chicago's work that both celebrates Chicago's oeuvre and challenges the ongoing insitutional restistance to her work. The exhibition is on now at Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain. Click here for details

SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtSFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art posted this video of Judy Chicago recounting her experience as one of the only women on the Los Angeles art scene in the late 1960s and 1970s. Female Rejection Drawing from the Rejection Quintet, 1974, is in SFMOMA's collection. Click here for details

BBC Woman’s Hour interviewed Judy ChicagoBBC Woman's Hour interviewed Judy Chicago. Listen to Chicago discuss her career, her London exhibitions, and her upcoming exhibition "Why Not Judy Chicago?" in Bilbao, Spain. Tune in at minute 13:45. Click here for details

Watch the BBC London’s segment on the Tate Modern’s exhibitionWatch the BBC London's segment on the Tate Modern's exhibition "The World Goes Pop" including an interview with Judy Chicago! Click here for details

Judy Chicago discusses her London exhibitionsJudy Chicago discusses her London exhibitions, her artistic practice, and what it means to be a woman in this interview for TimeOut London. Click here for details

Studio International interviewJudy Chicago talks about her career trajectory, the continuing need for feminist art, and the way in which she hopes to spend her remaining years. Click here for details

UK Independent – Tate Modern’s autumn show, The World Goes Pop, finally gives female pop artists their duesMarilyn Monroe’s face, printed over and over again. Cartoon-strip women embraced by lovers or crying on the phone. Some of the most famous works of Pop Art certainly make use of the female image – but they were made by the big poster boys of the mid-20th century movement, Click here for details

The Talks – JUDY CHICAGO: “GET USED TO IT!” "I hope that they’ll say that I made a contribution to art history. That was my goal from the time I was a little girl. That was what I’ve been intent on doing all along, to make a contribution to art. That’s what my life has been about. And trying to demonstrate that women have as much to say as men. They’re just as worthy to be in our museums and our history books – that’s what my life has been about, and that’s what I’ve been hoping to prove. That gives meaning to life. And purpose." Click here for details

Artsy – The Most Iconic Artists of the 1970s Across the globe, the 1970s art world was shaken by reverberations from the social and political climate ignited in the previous decade—though the ideas proliferating in the realm of artmaking were still tethered to formalist concerns and intellectual inquiry. The creation and reception of both land art and feminist art were indebted to the hippie movement and student protests of the late 1960s. Click here for details

Newsweek – Ten Works of Art that Have Rocked the Ages Controversial art is no doubt as old as the prehistoric cave paintings. From emperors to mayors, artists and politicians have been natural adversaries. Here are some of the more explosive clashes. Click here for details

ARTFORUM – Judy Chicago, Talking to Lucy R. Lippard You've been showing your work for about 11 years now, but there's never been an article on it, so let's start from scratch. Ok. When I first started my professional life, in 1963, I was making these very biomorphic paintings and sculptures; I went to auto-body school, because I wanted to learn to spray paint and because it seemed another way to prove my "seriousness" to the male art world. Click here for details

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