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Saturday, September 7, 2019

SOUTHERN CA | Meet with Judy Chicago in "Judy Chicago: Los Angeles" at Jeffrey Deitch

Start Date: 9/7/2019 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 9/7/2019 1:30 PM PDT

Venue Name: Jeffrey Deitch

Location:
925 North Orange Drive
Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA  United States  90038

Organization Name: ArtTable Southern California

Contact:
Roni Feinstein
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext.13

 

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Members Only | $35

 



It is our honor and privilege to invite ArtTable Southern California members to meet with the legendary Judy Chicago. The artist will lead us on a tour of the exhibition Judy Chicago: Los Angeles, which presents a remarkable body of work she produced in Los Angeles and Fresno from 1965 to 1972 that has been largely unseen for fifty years.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and documentation of environmental and fireworks projects that date to the earliest phase of a career, which has spanned over half a century. This early phase importantly laid the groundwork for the pioneering FEMINIST Art for which she became universally renowned.

Chicago, who celebrated her 80th birthday this year, moved to Los Angeles in 1957 to attend UCLA, where she received her BA and then her MFA in painting and sculpture in 1964. Intent on learning about industrial techniques that were not taught at art school, Chicago enrolled in auto body painting school, the only woman out of two hundred fifty men in her class. Her first group of works coming out of auto body school were car hoods with bold female-centric (yonic) imagery, hung on the wall like paintings. The paintings and sculptures that followed drew on her experience with industrial techniques combined with her developing feminist approach to color and form. The work fuses her minimalist forms with a "feminine" sensibility. 

Chicago’s 1965 sculpture Rainbow Pickett was included in the legendary Primary Structures show at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1966, but the structure of the art world at the time made it difficult for a woman to enter the art discourse. It was largely as a consequence that by 1970, Chicago pioneered Feminist art and art education at California State University, Fresno. A year later, with artist Miriam Schapiro, she co-founded the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, which resulted in the groundbreaking collaborative installation, Womanhouse (1972). Chicago's best known and most iconic work, The Dinner Party (1974-1979), now in the Brooklyn Museum, followed. This monumental project, executed with the participation of hundreds of volunteers, celebrates 39 important historical figures through place settings designed using traditional women's crafts (ceramics, embroidery, needlepoint, etc.) 

Until a few years ago, Chicago's identification as the foremost artist to come out of the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s and her immensely influential The Dinner Party had the effect of eclipsing both her earlier and subsequent work. When several of her Los Angeles works were included in the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition program in 2011-12, it was a revelation. Since then, her Los Angeles and Fresno works have been shown at museums in Brooklyn, Nice, Chicago, and Miami, but the presentation at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles will be the first time that the full body of work from this period will be presented.

In addition to her Lifesavers and Fan paintings and major sculptures including Rainbow Pickett, Trinity, and participatory works like 10 Part Cylinders, the exhibition will include a reinvisioning of the installation Feather Room, 1965, created in collaboration with Lloyd Hamrol and the late Eric Orr.

Since 1996, Chicago has lived in Belen, New Mexico, where her nonprofit arts organization, Through The Flower, is headquartered and where an art space and resource center is being established. Recent exhibitions include Judy Chicago: A Reckoning, ICA Miami, Miami, FL (2018-2019); Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2018); and Inside the Dinner Party Studio, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2017-2018). In the fall of 2019, in addition to the exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, Judy Chicago will present The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Judy Chicago Portal--a collaboration between the Schlesinger Library, Penn State, and NMWA--will also be launched at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard.

Exhibition produced in partnership with Salon 94, NY.

 
Thank you to member Roni Feinstein, Co-Chair SoCal ArtTable.
 

Image: 1. Judy Chicago, Flesh Fan, 1971. Courtesy of the artist, Through the Flower, New Mexico, and Salon 94, New York. 
2. Judy Chicago with Jeffrey Deitch, Photo Copyright Donald Woodman 

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