When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread

Allyson Mitchell, Jennifer Sorkin & Sarah Quinton

This survey of some of Chicago’s most important contributions in cloth, highlights both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to the present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs “technique as content” in her major projects featured here including The Birth Project (1980-1985), The Holocaust Project (1993), Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present) and Chicago’s most recent work If Women Ruled the World (2008). Essayists discuss the labour-intensive nature of Chicago’s textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork. Five artists who take this notion to heart are also profiled, underscoring Chicago’s ongoing influence and creating an intergenerational dialogue with : Orly Cogan, (New York, New York), Wednesday Lupypciw (Calgary, Alberta), Cat Mazza (Troy, New York), Gillian Strong (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (New York, New York). Copublished with the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Textile Museum of Canada (2009) 106 pp col ill. 1 1 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9736656-9-7.

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