‘Judy Chicago: Herstory’ on View at New Museum in October

 

 

 

Cover of Womanhouuse catalogue, 1972. Edited by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro; designed by Sheila de Bretteville. courtesy Through the Flower Archives.

The New Museum presents “Judy Chicago: Herstory,” bringing together six decades of the artist’s work and including an exhibition-within- the-exhibition spotlighting women essential to the history of art and Chicago’s own practice. On view from October 12, 2023, through March 3, 2024, 2024, Chicago’s most comprehensive New York museum survey to date spans three floors of the New Museum, tracing the artist’s sixty- year career across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking. On the Museum’s Fourth Floor, a total installation featuring Chicago’s embroideries, sculptures, drawings, and carpet design contextualizes her practice by bringing together artworks and archival materials from more than eighty women artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Hilma af Klint, Hildegard of Bingen, Claude Cahun, Elizabeth Catlett, Simone de Beauvoir, Artemisia Gentileschi, Emma Goldman, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charlotte Salomon, Remedios Varo, and Virginia Woolf, among others. Titled after fifteenth century author Christine de Pisan’s “Le Livre de la Cité des Dames,” “The City of Ladies” continues Chicago’s work as a feminist activist and cultural historian claiming space for women in narratives that previously obscured or denied their contributions—much like her seminal work The Dinner Party (1974–79) in its attempt to create a history of important and often overlooked women.

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