Judy Chicago Exhibit
The parking garage almost stole the show. The Arts Garage, which is sided by startling and beautiful large panels of art in relief, was the first stop for the 23 So Fla TTN members and guests who gathered on Saturday January 12th.
Across the street, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, the group toured “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” a major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist. An excellent docent helped build some context around the artist, who has been dissed by critics since the 1970s for her female- and often vulva-centered work and her sometimes upsetting honesty.
Chicago is best known for her Dinner Party installation, a symbolic representation of 1000 women in western civilization, many depicted in brightly colored, elaborately styled vulva form. One of the first epic, internationally recognized pieces of feminist art, the installation is now on permanent exhibit at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. The ICA exhibit has a number of test plates from this work, but focuses on the span of Chicago’s career.
When Chicago, now 79, was in art school, abstract expressionism was the canon and she spent much of her career moving away from abstraction toward more figurative expression. Some of her most beautiful and wrenching works are in “The Birth Project.” Chicago collaborated with over 150 needleworkers to create images that combine painting and needlework. The show will be at ICA until April 21.
After the exhibit, the group went to the nearby St. Roch Market, a gourmet food court, which had a dazzling selection of cuisines. Thanks to Susan Cohen and Ronni Sandroff for organizing!
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