Judy Chicago: Herstory


“Herstory” is the first comprehensive New York museum survey of work by Judy Chicago (b. 1939, Chicago, IL).

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“Judy Chicago: Herstory,” 2023. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni

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“Judy Chicago: Herstory” will span Judy Chicago’s sixty-year career to encompass the full breadth of the artist’s contributions across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking. Expanding the boundaries of a traditional museum survey, the exhibition will place six decades of Chicago’s work in dialogue with work by other women across centuries in a unique Fourth Floor installation. Entitled “The City of Ladies,” this exhibition-within-the-exhibition will feature artworks and archival materials from over eighty artists, writers, and thinkers, including Simone de Beauvoir, Hildegard of Bingen, Artemisia Gentileschi, Zora Neale Hurston, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.

Taking over four floors of the Museum, “Herstory” will trace the entirety of Chicago’s practice from her 1960s experiments in Minimalism and her revolutionary feminist art of the 1970s to her narrative series of the 1980s and 1990s in which she expanded her focus to confront environmental disaster, birth and creation, masculinity, and mortality. Contextualizing her feminist methodology within the many art movements in which she has participated—and from whose histories she has frequently been erased—“Herstory” will showcase Chicago’s tremendous impact on American art and highlight her critical role as a cultural historian claiming space for women artists previously omitted from the canon.

“Judy Chicago: Herstory” is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Senior Curator, Margot Norton, Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (former Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator at the New Museum), and Madeline Weisburg, Assistant Curator.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog co-published by Phaidon and the New Museum, featuring a conversation between the artist and Massimiliano Gioni, and contributions by Glenn Adamson, Connie Butler, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Ann Goldstein, Jennifer Higgie, Candice Hopkins, Amelia Jones, Quinn Latimer, Margot Norton, Kymberly Pinder, Ian Wallace, Madeline Weisburg, and Carmen Winant.

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Lead sponsorship of “Judy Chicago: Herstory” is provided by

Major support is provided by:
The Artemis Council of the New Museum*
Jordan Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

We gratefully acknowledge the Artistic Director’s Circle of the New Museum:
Dakis Joannou, Co-Chair; Eugenio Lopez, Co-Chair; Gael Neeson, Co-Chair; Shane Akeroyd, Pietro Beccari, Abbie and Patrick Dean, Susan Hayden, J. Tomilson and Janine Hill, Carola Jain, Richard Mumby, Holly Peterson, Elham and Tony Salamé, and Beth Swofford.

Additional support is provided by:
Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar
Jay Franke and David Herro
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Grażyna Kulczyk Collection
Hill Art Foundation
Marley Blue Lewis
Kathleen O’Grady / The O’Grady Foundation
Debbie and Mitchell Rechler
Judy Rechler
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Margherita Stabiumi
Younghee Kim-Wait
Lisa Watson and Mike Krupka

Support for the accompanying publication has been provided by the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Deitch, New York/Los Angeles and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco.

Thanks to the Bowery Hotel.

*Artemis Council Members

Maria Baibakova, Co-Chair, Nicole Nunag, Co-Chair, Dr. Shelley Fox Aarons, Alison Blood, Lisa Burnes, Cheryl Chan, Jacqueline Clements, Anna Maria Gonzales Cuevas, Ingrid Cincala Gilbert, Kaleta A. Doolin, Heather Flow, Molly Gochman, Stacey Goergen, Kimberly Gould, Agnes Gund, Vanessa Guo, Lynette Hayde, Christina Hribar, Lucy Liu, Justine McEnerney, Jessica Paindiris, Holly Peterson, Debbie Rechler, Barrie S. Roman, Nicole Salmasi, Arielle Schnitzer, Tracey Serko, Julie Simpson, Jennifer Soros, Lynda Stern, Sara Story, Alva Stux, Vicki Match Suna, Nicola Vassell, Younghee Kim-Wait and Alexandra Wait, Olivia Walton, Madeline Weinrib, Demetria White, Sue Hostetler Wrigley, Tiffany Zabludowicz, Afrodet Zuri, Aimee Mullins, Ambassador, and H.R.H. Princess Eugenie of York, Ambassador.

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