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Judy Chicago

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

An Open Book: Judy Chicago’s “The Flowering”

Posted: July 20, 2021
Category: Judy Chicago
Happy birthday, Judy Chicago! In honor of the artist’s 82nd birthday, we dive into her new autobiography, a candid reflection on a life dedicated to feminist art.
A light-skinned woman with red, cropped hair sits on a plush grey chair on a stage. She looks to the left smiling, with her hands clasped. She wears a

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay’s #5WomenArtists

Posted: March 24, 2021
Category: Judy Chicago
NMWA founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (1922–2021) was a visionary collector of great art by women. Get to know five of her favorite modern and contemporary artists from the museum’s collection.
Wilhelmina Cole Holladay leans against a railing with a slight smile. She is a light-skinned, older woman with short, gray hair, and she wears a collared white shirt and black cardigan. Ornate chandeliers can be seen behind her.

Judy Chicago—The End: Extinction

Posted: January 15, 2020
Category: Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago, when describing her work on the “Extinction” section of The End, called the two years of intense painting “excruciating." "To be faced every day with what we are...
Painting on black glass shows a polar bear standing on a small block of ice in a choppy ocean and staring out at viewer.

In Her Own Hand: Judy Chicago’s Use of Text in “The End”

Posted: December 19, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago has a long history of incorporating handwritten text into her bold and colorful artworks. Whether embroidered into cloth or painted in watercolor, Chicago uses words within a visual...
Painted black glass with handwritten words in white paint relating to death and dying, such as, 'End of Life,' 'Rigor Mortis,' 'Pop off,' 'Dead as a doornail.'

Visualizing Extinction in Judy Chicago’s “The End”

Posted: December 9, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
As artists contend with the urgency of climate change, some portray nature’s stunning grandeur to inspire viewers into protecting the planet; others show human-caused damage that provokes shock and anguish....
Painting on black glass of three penguins. The smallest is standing in the middle with its bill open to the sky as if waiting to be fead while the two larger penguins stare towards it. The words 'Only 1600 pair left' and 'killing them off' is written by hand at the bottom.

Judy Chicago—The End: Mortality

Posted: November 20, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
In the “Mortality” section of The End, Judy Chicago explores her own death across 20 black glass panels. The figure in each work has the artist’s shock of bright curls...

The Judy Chicago Research Portal: Preserving an Artistic Legacy

Posted: November 6, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
Feminist artist Judy Chicago has spent her career teaching and making art that centers her experiences as a woman. As part of Chicago’s efforts to overcome the erasure that has...
Five works in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center’s exhibition Power in My Hand: Women Poets, Women Artists, and Social Change testify to the enduring legacy of Emily...

Judy Chicago—The End: Stages of Dying

Posted: September 25, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
In Judy Chicago's newest body of work, she draws on Swiss-born psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief. She represents these stages of grief and simultaneously reckons with her own...
A painted sign with black text on a beige background. The text reads "Stages of Dying."

Opening This Week: Judy Chicago—The End

Posted: September 16, 2019
Category: Judy Chicago
The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, the newest body of work by iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago, continues the artist’s practice of tackling taboo subjects. In these works,...
The words 'The End' in bold, uppercase print is shown in an iridescent box of pinks and greens with a solid black border. 'A meditation' sits atop of the box in cursive writing and 'on Death and Extinction' sits below in the same lettering.