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Collapse newsJudy Chicago's Internship Program (July 2018)

Another facet of Judy Chicago's legacy is the hands-on internship program she initiated after realizing that women still have few opportunities to learn about their artistic heritage as well as what is actually required to be a professional artist.

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Collapse newsJudy Chicago commencement speaker, receives honorary doctorate (June 2018)

On May 14, 2018, Judy Chicago delivered the commencement address at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, she received an honorary doctorate from the School in recognition of her significant work.

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Collapse newsJudy Chicago named to 2018 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
(April 2018)
Collapse newsWinner of 2018 Judy Chicago Art Education Award (April 2018)

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez of Flint Community Schools in Flint, Michigan has won the Judy Chicago Art Education Award for her submission titled, The Power of Our Mothers, inspired by The Dinner Party art installation and curriculum project.

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Collapse newsJudy Chicago, The Godmother, in T Magazine (February 2018)

The February 2018 issue of The New York Times Style Magazine has a fascinating cover story about Judy Chicago and her work. Click here to read.

Collapse newsJudy Chicago explores The Dinner Party with Carmen Hermo (February 2018)

Judy Chicago explores the roots of The Dinner Party with Brooklyn Museum curator Carmen Hermo.

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Collapse newsBrooklyn Talks: Judy Chicago and Sarah Thornton (February 2018)

In conjunction with Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Judy Chicago discusses the process and challenges of creating The Dinner Party with sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton.

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Collapse newsIn Conversation with Judy Chicago and Jayna Zweiman (November 2017)

On November 4, 2017 Judy Chicago and fellow artist, Jayna Zweiman, originator of the “pussy hat” explored how political activisim is manifested in various forms, particularly in community-based projects that confront contemporary social and political issues. The talk at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, was moderated by Alison Gass, Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum.

Click here to watch the video of Judy Chicago in Conversation with Jayna Zweiman.

Collapse news2017 – The Yes! Gala (November 2017)

On October 19, 2017 Judy Chicago was the special honoree at the 2017 Sackler Center First Awards, celebrating art and feminism. Also honored were: Deborah Berke, Shirley Chisholm (posthumous), Jodi Archambault Gillette, Judith Jamison, Carol Jenkins, Roberta Kaplan, Kathy Kusner, Rita Moreno, Our Bodies Ourselves, Ruth Simmons, Edie Windsor.

Click here to watch the video of Judy Chicago in Conversation with Anne Pasternak, the Shelby White and Leo Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum.

Collapse newsJudy Chicago – “I’m an Artist and a Troublemaker” (July 2017)

To tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Tate Liverpool commissioned Judy Chicago to create a mural evolving from the album track Fixing a Hole. Click here to view a short video by Tate Shots where Judy Chicago discusses her mural, Four Lads from Liverpool, in the context of her own background.

Collapse newsJudy Chicago’s Pussies (July 2017)

This solo exhibition features work by Judy Chicago ranging from 1964 to 2004. Chicago’s work has long been associated with images of pussy power as a metaphor for female agency, even before the term was widely accepted. What is less well known are her images of cats. The exhibition is the first to trace the long and fascinating overlap between her broad-ranging, beautiful “central core” imagery and her eccentric feline iconography. In conjunction with the exhibition, on September 10th Judy Chicago will participate in a public talk with the writer Sarah Thornton at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. The speaking event, titled Pussy Power, will focus on the themes of the exhibition.

Click here to watch Judy Chicago in Conversation with Sarah Thornton

Collapse newsInside “The Dinner Party” Studio (July 2017)

The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host an exhibition exploring the inner-workings of The Dinner Party studio. For the exhibition, NMWA has collected archival materials, including test objects, designs, documentation and revealing behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas, to illustrate the complexity of this monumental artwork. In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening, on September 17th at 4:30 pm the museum will present a Fresh Talk program featuring Judy Chicago in conversation with Alison Gass, Director of the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago. Reservations are required. Exhibition runs from September 17 to January 5, 2018.

Click here to watch the video of Judy Chicago in Conversation with Alison Gass at NMWA

Collapse newsRoots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making (July 2017)

Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making is the first museum exhibition to examine the formal, material and conceptual development of Chicago’s iconic work, The Dinner Party (1974–79). The exhibition presents never-before seen objects that illuminate the installation’s development as a multilayered artwork, a triumph of collaborative art-making and a testament to the power of revising Western history to include women. Presented in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, alongside The Dinner Party, the exhibition features more than 100 objects, including rarely seen test plates, research documents, ephemera, notebooks and preparatory drawings from 1971 – 1979. The exhibition is presented chronologically, with sections introducing Chicago’s vision for The Dinner Party and her material study of china-painting and needlework — including focused case studies of the Mary Wollstonecraft and Sojourner Truth place settings. It continues with research documents and ephemera from Chicago’s studio, highlighting the intensive research that underpins the piece and providing insights into Chicago’s creative process.

As part of the preparations for the Roots of “The Dinner Party” exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum is planning some improvements to the lighting system. We are trying to coordinate with them by asking our friends to help support the museum’s efforts. Judy Chicago wants The Dinner Party to look its best at this wonderful celebration of ten years of educating, empowering and inspiring the many viewers who have traveled to see the piece and those who will come to see the show.

Help us reach our goal of $25,000 to preserve the “girls” in the best possible light for the future. Your tax-deductible contribution will be memorialized in a special section of Through the Flower’s website. Suggested minimum contribution of $250 by individuals or groups.

Collapse newsWomenhouse (July 2017)

This exhibition, created in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, features more than 30 global artists who conceive of home as a place for demonstration and liberation rather than a space solely for nurturing comfort and stability. The Womenhouse exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro and their students at Cal Arts. Like their famous foremothers in the 1970’s, contemporary artists in this exhibition recast conventional ideas about women and her home with acuity and wit. Following its run in France, the exhibition will be on view at NMWA from March 9 to May 28, 2018 and will be accompanied by a catalog featuring contributions by Judy Chicago and NMWA’s director, Susan Fisher Sterling.

Click here to watch the video of Judy Chicago on Womanhouse, April 2017

Collapse newsJudy Chicago Liverpool Mural Project (June 2017)

After months of planning and ten long days on site at Stanley Dock in Liverpool, Chicago’s 42 feet high, 60 feet wide mural, titled Four Lads from Liverpool, was completed on June 3rd. The mural was commissioned by Tate Liverpool as part of the city’s multi-site celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatle’s album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As a prompt for the mural’s subject, Chicago was assigned the album track, Fixing a Hole. After researching the various interpretations of the song’s lyrics, Chicago interpreted McCartney’s words to bring about “being discounted and wanting to give a voice — ‘fixing a hole’ of who counted.” Under Chicago’s guidance, local painter Gary Jones spent a month preparing and painting the design which features the four Beatles peering into a gap in in the building’s structure, surrounded by the vibrant rainbow colors which have become one of Chicago’s hallmarks. The mural proved so popular that Tate Enterprises decided to produce a limited edition print of the mural’s design.

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Collapse newsHeritage Project: Edinburgh, Scotland (April 2017)

The Action for Children organization, based in Edinburgh, Scotland has chosen Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party, as inspiration for their “Heritage Project.” The aim of the project is to reach out to young women from diverse communities to discuss issues of identity and consider the importance of female role models. The participants will conduct research in order to produce a piece of visual art that represents important female figures for black and minority ethnic women and girls. For six months, the young women will participate in workshops during which they will learn research techniques and artistic skills ranging from painting to handbuilding with clay materials. Their final works will be on display at The Modern Art gallery in Edinburgh beginning in early June.

Collapse newsBe No More – Judy Chicago’s immersive dry ice installation at SFMOMA (March 2017)

On April 26th, Judy Chicago and a team of event assistants from across the US built the artist's fourth dry ice installation, this time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as part of the museum's celebration of their new building. The piece, titled Be No More, was constructed during an all-day build with more than 20 tons (40,000 pounds) of dry ice and illuminated with hundreds of road flares. Throughout the day and into the evening, thousands of onlookers were attracted to the installation which spelled out the word “truth” as a metaphor for a new and disturbing reality in the U.S., the idea of alternative facts. In the evening, the word was lit from within with pink flares, which turned the entire environment a pearly pink. After dark, there was a second lighting which caused the brightly lit word to be reflected in the adjacent glass wall of the museum. Then, the lights faded and slowly, the ice sublimated (or disappeared). But for a short time—as she has done throughout her career—Judy Chicago attempted to speak truth to power.

Collapse newsChad Alligood and Judy Chicago at form & concept (March 2017)

Chad Alligood, curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, gave a lively presentation on Judy Chicago's minimalist works on February 10, 2017 at form & concept in Santa Fe, NM. A Q & A followed with Chad and Judy, with over 300 people viewing the talk sponsored by WISC (Women's International Study Center). Chad was in residence at WISC to draft an essay for an upcoming monograph on Judy Chicago to be published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This volume will offer new scholarship on a variety of specialized topics throughout the artist's career.

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Collapse newsJudy Chicago’s “Birth Project: Born Again” (September 2016)

The Birth Project — created by Judy Chicago between 1980 and 1985 in collaboration with 150 needleworkers — was the first body of contemporary art to comprehensively address the range of experiences associated with childbirth. Born Again, a traveling exhibition curated by Dr. Viki Thompson Wylder, opened on September 23rd, 2016 at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is scheduled at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from June 17 through October 7, 2018, and at the Mariana Gallery, University of North Colorado in 2019.

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Current and Upcoming Events 2018 – 2019

Around the Country

Pasadena, CA/Greeley, CO

Judy Chicago’s “Birth Project: Born Again”

Traveling exhibition of selected works from Judy Chicago’s Birth Project organized by Through the Flower, and curated by Viki Thompson Wylder

Pasadena Museum of California Art
Pasadena, CA
June 17 – October 7, 2018

Mariani Gallery
University of North Colorado
Greeley, CO
January 7 – March 29, 2019

Miami, FL

Judy Chicago: A Reckoning

Survey exhibition showcasing six major bodies of Chicago’s work from the 60s to the 90s, starting with her early Minimalist works and feminist works and including Autobiography of a Year and works from PowerPlay. The exhibition is timed to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami
Miami, FL
December 4, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Around the World

Stavanger, Norway/Brno, Czech Republic

Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s. Works from the Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna

Traveling exhibition by Sammlung Verbund
Curated by Gabriele Schor

Stavanger Art Museum
Stavanger, Norway
June – September 2018

The Brno House of Arts
Brno, Czech Republic
December 2018 – March 2019


Moments of Being: An Exhibition Based on the Writings of Virginia Woolf

Pallant House
Chichester, UK
May 26 – September 16, 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge, UK
October 2 – December 9, 2018

Nice, France

Los Angeles, The Cool Years

Group exhibition featuring Chicago’s works from the 60s and early 70s: paintings, sculptures and installations including Feather Room

Villa Arson
Nice, France
July 1 – November 4, 2018

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Judy Chicago: Looking Back at the Dinner Party

In October 2017, an exhibition titled “Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making” opened in the galleries of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center or Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum where The Dinner Party has been permanently housed since 2001. In conjunction with this exhibit, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. opened a smaller show, “Inside the Dinner Party Studio,” which explored my unique collaborative methods. The presentation will survey my gao of permanent housing. I will also discuss the ongoing impact of The Dinner Party which was seen by one million viewers during its worldwide tour from 1979 to 1988 and has attracted 1.5 million viewers since it has been at the Brooklyn Museum.

Museu De Arte De Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 12, 2019