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Donor Opening Reception: “Judy Chicago: A Retrospective"

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Figure laying down, dark blue and yellow outline surrounding the figure

Judy Chicago, Earth Birth (detail), from the series Birth Project, 1983. Sprayed Versatex and DMC floss on fabric, 60 3/4 x 132 1/4 in. (154.3 x 335.9 cm). Quilting by Jacquelyn Moor Alexander. Collection of Longlati Foundation, China. © Judy Chicago / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph © Donald Woodman / ARS, New York

Herbst Exhibition Galleries

Leadership Circle, Patrons Circle, and exhibition sponsors are invited to the opening celebration of Judy Chicago: A Retrospective. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, celebrating pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with a retrospective spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her current body of work, a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, begun in 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 150 works and related archival material that chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist named Cohen by birth and Gerowitz by marriage, who, after trying to fit into the patriarchal structure of the Los Angeles art world, decided to change her name and the course of history. 

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Invitations to this event are a benefit for exhibition sponsors and Patrons Circle level donors and above. Invitations will be mailed to current eligible donors. To RSVP, email or call 415.750.7648.

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