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Judy Chicago: A Reckoning

Dec 4, 2018 – Apr 21, 2019
Judy Chicago: A Reckoning

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning”, a major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist. This exhibition highlights Chicago’s iconographic transition from abstraction to figuration, and explores the ways in which the artist’s strong feminist voice transforms our understanding of modernism and its traditions.

Representing the female voice in a male-dominated world, Chicago explores important narratives of history, form and labor. The artist deploys both iconography and working methods in order to problematize gender roles, artistic mastery and skills traditionally regarded as “female” such as needlework and embroidery, as well as stereotypical “male” skills, such as auto body painting and pyrotechnics.

Judy Chicago (b. 1939, Chicago) is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career spans over five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the US as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to readers worldwide.

“Judy Chicago: A Reckoning” is organized by Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director, and Stephanie Seidel, Associate Curator.


Image of Judy Chicago, Bigamy Hood, 1965, 2011
Judy Chicago, Bigamy Hood, 1965, 2011. Sprayed automotive lacquer on car hood. Courtesy the artist.
Image of Judy Chicago, Birth Tear/Tear, 1984
Judy Chicago, Birth Tear/Tear, 1984. Macrame over drawing on fabric. Courtesy the artist
Image of Judy Chicago, Earth Birth, 1983
Judy Chicago, Earth Birth, 1983. Sprayed Versatex and DMC floss on fabric. Courtesy the artist.
Image of Judy Chicago, Heaven is for White Men Only, 1973
Judy Chicago, Heaven is for White Men Only, 1973. Sprayed acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist.