Judy Chicago: A Conversation with Her Younger Self

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Judy Chicago presents A Conversation with Her Younger Self, a performative reenactment and response to a feminist lecture that Chicago originally delivered at Pomona College in 1970. This special event celebrates Chicago’s involvement at Pomona College and is part of the Pomona College Museum of Art’s exhibition “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973.” Chicago’s work is on view until November 6 in “Part 1: Hal Glicksman at Pomona.” Chicago will also present A Butterfly for Pomona, a new pyrotechnic performance based on her Atmosphere performances of the early 1970s, on January 21, 2012.

Judy Chicago will be available at the Museum reception to sign copies of her books Frida Kahlo: Face to Face (2010, with Frances Borzello), The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation (2007), and Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist (2006, the first volume of Chicago’s autobiography).

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, and educator whose career spans four decades. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In the early seventies after a decade of professional art practice, Chicago pioneered Feminist Art and art education through a unique program for women at California State University, Fresno. She then brought her program to Cal-Arts, where she team-taught with Miriam Schapiro, producing with their students the ground-breaking Womanhouse project. In 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women's history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party, which was executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. Chicago is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY; an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, honoris causa from Smith College, Northampton, MA; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Duke University, Durham, NC; the 1999 UCLA Alumni Professional Achievement Award; and a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA in 2004 as well as the Lion of Judah Award that same year.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Pomona College Museum of Art, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges. Free and open to the public.