Virtual GMP – Judy Chicago: Herstory (New Museum, NY)

Judy Chicago: Herstory is the first comprehensive New York museum survey spanning the artist’s sixty-year career to encompass the full breadth of her contributions across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking.

Expanding the boundaries of a traditional museum survey, the exhibition places six decades of Chicago’s work in dialogue with work by other women across centuries in a unique installation entitled “The City of Ladies.” This exhibition-within-the-exhibition features art and archival materials from over eighty artists, writers, and thinkers, including Simone de Beauvoir, Hildegard of Bingen, Artemisia Gentileschi, Zora Neale Hurston, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.

Herstory traces the entirety of Chicago’s practice from her 1960s experiments in Minimalism and her revolutionary feminist art of the 1970s to her narrative series of the 1980s and 1990s in which she expanded her focus to confront environmental disaster, birth and creation, masculinity, and mortality. Contextualizing her feminist methodology within the many art movements in which she has participated—and from whose histories she has frequently been erased—Herstory will showcase Chicago’s tremendous impact on American art and highlight her critical role as a cultural historian claiming space for women artists previously omitted from the canon.

This tour will be conducted by an educator at New Museum (NY) and will be followed immediately with a chance for the audience to ask questions about the exhibit.

Judy Chicago: Herstory is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Senior Curator, and Margot Norton, Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (former Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator at the New Museum), with Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.

DATE: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
COST: Museum Members FREE | Nonmembers $10

*GMP programs are not recorded or available after the live Zoom session.

Travel to exciting destinations and visit venues around the world from the comfort of your couch with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s online adventure series, ‘Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition’. Although the program series began during the 2020 COVID lockdown, we continue to journey to different states and countries to tour special exhibitions, traverse historical sites, and view collection highlights.

Global Museum Passport seasons start in Fall and end in Spring each year.

The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.

The New Museum believes that contemporary art is a vital social force that advances questioning, learning, and working towards a better society. It is a center for today’s art and ideas, and a catalyst for dialogue between contemporary artists and the public. We embrace contemporary art from around the world, diverse perspectives, and the free exchange of ideas.

Judy Chicago, Birth Trinity, from the Birth Project, 1983. Needlepoint on canvas. Needlework by Susan Bloomenstein, Elizabeth Colten, Karen Fogel, Helene Hirmes, Bernice Levitt, Linda Rothenberg, and Miriam Vogelman. Courtesy The Gusford Collection. ©️ Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

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