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Introducing the Exhibition: A conversation with Judy Chicago

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Judy Chicago (b. 1939), Immolation, from the series Women and Smoke, 1972. Fireworks performance; performed in California desert.. Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco. © Judy Chicago / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph courtesy of Through the Flower Archives

Join us to celebrate the opening of Judy Chicago: A Retrospective with a special conversation between artist Judy Chicago and exhibition curator, Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming, learn more about Chicago's artistic career and her first retrospective at the de Young Museum.

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Judy Chicago is an artist and author of fifteen books. Her most recent book, The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago, was published in 2021 by Thames and Hudson and includes an introduction by Gloria Steinem. Her career spans almost six decades during which time she has produced a prodigious body of art that has been exhibited all over the world. In the 1970s, she pioneered feminist art and feminist art education in a series of programs in southern California. She is best known for her monumental, The Dinner Party, a symbolic history of women in Western Civilization executed between 1974-79. Her work is in numerous collections and her ongoing influence continues to be acknowledged worldwide. Over the course of her career, 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, known and respected as an artist, writer, teacher, feminist, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women's right to freedom of expression. In 2018 she was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ and Artsy magazine’s ‘Most Influential Artists’. In 2019, she received the Visionary Woman Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and was an honoree at the annual Hammer Museum Gala in Los Angeles. In 2020 she was honored by the Museum of Arts and Design at their annual MAD Ball. Her first retrospective will open on August 28, 2021, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and later in the year, she will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.

Judy Chicago is represented by Salon 94, New York; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; and Jeffery Deitch, Los Angeles

About the Exhibition

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate 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 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramic sculptures, in addition to ephemera, several films, and a documentary. Together, these works of art 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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