Thursday 01/11/24 6:30PM
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Herstory: Responses to “The City of Ladies”

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Photo: Thom Wall, Courtesy Sophie Lewis; Photo: Heather Sten, Courtesy Kate Zambreno; Photo: Dana Scruggs, Courtesy Simone White.

Judy Chicago’s “The City of Ladies” installation brings together the work of over eighty women and genderqueer artists from across centuries, contextualizing Chicago’s practice within a genealogy of feminist art-making.

For this evening of talks and conversations, we’ve invited a new generation of writers and thinkers to make their own connections with the alternative art history canon presented in “City of Ladies.” Speakers will take up individual works and themes in the installation, addressing motherhood, the erotic, feminist activism, and the performance of gender through personal responses.

Scholar Sophie Lewis, poet Simone White, and writer Kate Zambreno will each speak in response to a work featured in the installation, followed by a conversation with moderator and exhibition co-curator Madeline Weisburg.

A recording of this conversation can be found on our YouTube channel and below:


Live CART captioning will be provided for this program by StenoCaptions.

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About the Speakers

Sophie Lewis (they/she) teaches courses on critical theory at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and has a visiting affiliation with the Center for Research in Feminist, Queer and Transgender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019) and Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation (Verso, 2022). Lewis’s writing has also appeared in publications including n+1, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books.

Simone White (she/her) is a poet and critic based in New York. She is the author, most recently, of the book-length poem or, on being the other woman (Duke, 2022) and the critical companion book Warring (forthcoming from Duke). She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kate Zambreno is the author of many books, most recently The Light Room, a meditation on art and care (Riverhead, 2023), and Tone, a collaborative study with Sofia Samatar (Columbia University Press, 2023). A reissue of Heroines is forthcoming from Semiotext(e) in March, 2024. Zambreno was awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction.


Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Full support for “Judy Chicago: Herstory” can be viewed here.

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