Judy Chicago: Herstory


“Herstory” is the first New York museum survey of work by Judy Chicago (b. 1939, Chicago, IL; lives and works in Belen, NM).

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Judy Chicago, Birth Trinity, from the Birth Project, 1983. Needlepoint on canvas. Needlework by Susan Bloomenstein, Elizabeth Colten, Karen Fogel, Helene Hirmes, Bernice Levitt, Linda Rothenberg, and Miriam Vogelman. 51 × 130 in (129.5 × 330.2 cm). Courtesy: The Gusford Collection. ©️ Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

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“Judy Chicago: Herstory” will span the 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, needlepoint, and printmaking. “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, and Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator, with Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by Phaidon and the New Museum, featuring contributions by Glenn Adamson, Connie Butler, Ann Goldstein, Jennifer Higgie, Candice Hopkins, Amelia Jones, Quinn Latimer, Kymberly Pinder, and Carmen Winant, among others.

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