Join us for FRESH TALK on how the arts can amplify the voices and visibility of women.

Feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago joins in conversation with Alison Gass, director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, about Chicago’s ongoing dedication to amplifying women’s voices—perhaps most famously with The Dinner Party (1979). The monumental work represents 1,038 women in history and is the subject two upcoming exhibitions, one from the NMWA Archives, and one at the Brooklyn Museum.

Followed by Sunday Supper, a communal meal served family-style.


  • Judy Chicago is an artist, educator, author, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s rights to freedom of expression.
  • Alison Gass is a leading curator of contemporary art and the director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. She has curated major exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center, Broad Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


SOLD OUT. Very limited number of standby seats may be available on the day of the program, no guaranteed entry.

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On view on the 4th floor from September 17, 2017–January 5, 2018, Inside the Dinner Party Studio explores Chicago’s monumental and radical work through archives, documentation and film.

FRESH TALK is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change public program initiative.


National Museum of Women in the Arts