Opening Reception: Thursday, October 14 from 6-8pm
ACA Galleries is pleased to announce the first Judy Chicago survey exhibition in New York. A full color catalogue with an essay by Jenni Sorkin is available.
The exhibition highlights works throughout her impressive career and debut some of the artist’s new glass works. Most recently using glass as her primary material she has been able to explore themes fundamental to her oeuvre; the combination of strength and fragility, the possibility of seeing through the surface to what lies within; and questions about vulnerability and mortality.
The show also includes selected examples from some of her major collaborative projects (The Dinner Party, 1974-1979, the Birth Project, 1980-85, the Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, 1985-1993 and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time) along with less well-known work. Together, this survey provides a glimpse into the range of topics, themes, and techniques employed by the artist in her long, productive and ground-breaking career. The survey also allows viewers to examine her magnum opus, The Dinner Party, in the context of her larger body of work which demonstrates an inquiring mind, a mastery of multiple media and an artist at the height of her creative powers.
For five decades Judy Chicago has produced art that is thought-provoking, passionate, revolutionary – and at times controversial – and which constantly challenged her as an artist by working with new media, techniques, and subject matter. Discovering Judy Chicago as both an artist and an writer (with 12 published books including her forthcoming Frida Kahlo: Face to Face with art historian Frances Borzello, to be published by Prestel in September 2010) is sure to be a revelation to those who associate her only with The Dinner Party and her early, pioneering educational efforts as the founder of the first Feminist art program.
Chicago’s work will be featured in two museum exhibitions in New York this fall: The Jewish Museum’s Shifting the Gaze: Feminism and Painting (September 12, 2010 – January 30, 2011) and The Hebrew Union College Museum’s A Stitch in Jewish Time (September 7, 2010 – June 30, 2011. Outside of New York, Chicago will have a glass show in Montreal at Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec opening on September 22, and there will be several traveling exhibitions, including Setting the Table: Preparing Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party at Evansville Museum in Evansville, Indiana, and Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas at Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles premiering on October 1.
Judy Chicago will be available for interviews from October 2 through October 24 and by phone and email. Additional dates in New York in October are available as well.