The first major survey featuring the work of Judy Chicago opened at the Textile Museum of Canada last week. Predictively titled When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread, the exposition covers four decades of work by Chicago, a significant pioneer of feminist art and education.
The show’s namesake is one of Chicago’s new works, a four-banner installation entitled What If Women Ruled the World. The exhibition also features a selection of works from the Birth Project (including Creation, a more than four-metre long silk and gold stitched tapestry), the Holocaust Project (including The Fall, a room-sized tapestry exploring the choices we make to heal or destroy) and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (exquisitely crafted and inspiring reinterpretations of traditional proverbs).
In light of Chicago’s influential legacy, the museum is also hosting She Will Always Be Younger Than Us, a sister exhibition featuring the work of five young artists whose take on feminist art and discourse is inspired either directly or indirectly by Chicago and the ideas and references found in her work. When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread is on display through September 7, 2009.
When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread is on display through September 7, 2009.
Image: The Fall by Judy Chicago (1993). Via Groundswell.