When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread

Date: Feb 11 - Sep 7, 2009
Artist: Judy Chicago
Curated by: Allyson Mitchell

Living legend of feminist art, Judy Chicago’s place on the landscape of contemporary textile practice is a significant one. Best known for her groundbreaking sculptural installation, The Dinner Party (1974-1979), Chicago has spent decades exploring the possibilities of “thread as brushstroke.” This exhibition surveys some of Chicago’s most important contributions in cloth, highlighting both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs “technique as content” in her major projects selected for this survey exhibition including the Birth Project (1980-1985), the Holocaust Project (1993) and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present). This exhibition centralizes the labour-intensive nature of Chicago’s textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork.


Additional Information

Five artists who take this notion to heart are profiled alongside Chicago, underscoring her ongoing and unmistakable influence and creating an intergenerational dialogue with Chicago’s most recent work “What If Women Ruled the World” (2008): Orly Cogan, (New York, NY); Wednesday Lupypciw (Calgary, Alberta); Cat Mazza (Troy, NY); Gillian Strong (Halifax, Nova Scotia); and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (New York, NY). 

Related Exhibition:
She Will Always Be Younger Than Us 

A catalogue related to this exhibition is available in the Museum Shop.


Related Programs and Events

Thrift Tour led by Allyson Mitchell
Saturday August 22, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Toronto artist and When Women Rule the World curator Allyson Mitchell for a bus tour of Toronto's thrift stores. Discover hidden thrift locations and find textile treasures on this intimate day-long excursion.

Members $50, Non-members $65, Full-time students and youth $40
Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x2221.