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Artist Talk: Judy Chicago: Mother Earth + Cohanim

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Judy Chicago, "Pink Atmosphere"

Judy Chicago, "Pink Atmosphere," 1971. Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, printed 2018. Archival pigment print. Image: 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.5 cm). Edition of 3 plus 2 AP. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco

Presented in collaboration with Jessica Silverman

On the occasion of Judy Chicago's two online exhibitions with Jessica Silverman, please join the artist and Claudia Schmuckli, curator in charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, for an in-depth conversation about the intersection of feminism and environmentalism in Chicago's practice. In the fall of 2021, the Fine Arts Museums will present the first major retrospective of Chicago's work at the de Young.  

About the Exhibition

Jessica Silverman is pleased to present two shows by Judy Chicago: Mother Earth, an exhibition of new and historic works expressive of the artist’s longstanding concern for the environment and climate justice; and Cohanim, a series of porcelain paintings, commemorating Leonard Cohen and his lyrics. Chicago will enjoy a retrospective survey at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in November 2021.

About the Speakers

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. In 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women’s history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party. Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change and to women’s right to engage in the highest level of art production. As a result, she has become a symbol for people everywhere, and her work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art.

In 2018, Chicago was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and a “Most Influential Artist” by Artsy. In 2019, she received the Visionary Woman Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is represented by Salon 94 in New York and Jessica Silverman in San Francisco. Her works are in collections worldwide.

Claudia Schmuckli is the inaugural Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since joining the Museums in 2016, she has developed exhibitions and commissions with Sarah Lucas, Urs Fischer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Leonardo Drew, DIS, and Ranu Mukherjee and acquired works by The Propeller Group, Carrie Mae Weems, Tony Feher, JessicaStockholder, and Terry Adkins. Previously, she was Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, where she organized over thirty exhibitions including solo shows dedicated to Matthew Ronay, Analia Saban, Slavs andTatars, Candice Breitz, Tony Feher, Johan Grimonprez, Gabriel Kuri, Chantal Akerman, and Amy Sillman among many others. Schmuckli began her career in New York as a Curatorial Assistant at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art. She holds a Master of Arts degree in art history from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.

About Jessica Silverman

Jessica Silverman has an international reputation for curating compelling exhibitions, building artists’ careers, and collaborating with collectors who are keen on positive provenance. Works by the gallery’s artists have been acquired by museums all over the world including Tate (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Reina Sofia (Madrid), MoMA (New York), MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, not to mention SFMOMA, Berkeley Art Museum, and the de Young. Jessica Silverman founded her gallery in 2008, after completing a BFA in Studio Art at Otis College in Los Angeles and an MA in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. The Gallery has participated in many selective art fairs. Last year, its annual calendar was punctuated by Art Basel Miami Beach, FIAC Paris, New York’s ADAA Art Show and San Francisco’s Fog Design+Art. Silverman is on the Selection Committee of Expo Chicago and a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.

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