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Judy Chicago Comes to Boston!

I can’t believe this is already my last semester in graduate school – not to mention that the semester is halfway through.  As some of you know, I am taking my 502 – my capstone internship – at the Schlesinger Library, part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.  As an intern exhibit researcher, I am working to coordinate an exhibit going up on October 14th regarding the Civil War.  But as that’s months away, I want to share with you an exciting opportunity that’s coming up much sooner…Judy Chicago coming to Boston! 

I am sure that most of you know Judy Chicago, but a bit of background on her: she is one of the most influential women artists this century.  Ostensibly her greatest work, The Dinner Party, is not only massive, but massively successful (and definitely on my bucket list of “to-see’s”) and lives in Brooklyn permanently; I highly recommend (re)reading the Wikipedia articles on both her and The Dinner Party, and then coming to see the new exhibit opening – featuring Judy Chicago and her work – at the Schlesinger Library!  The Schlesinger holds the largest collection of Judy Chicago papers, and will be displaying artifacts, articles, and more on Chicago.  The exhibit will run from February 26th until September 30th, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

To celebrate the opening of this wonderful exhibit, Judy Chicago will be giving a talk on Tuesday, March 4th, at 4:15 at the Knafel Center (formerly Radcliffe Gymnasium) alongside Jane Gerhard (a historian whose newest book, The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007, provides some fascinating insight and history into Chicago’s themes).  Their interaction is one that I am beyond excited to see, especially because I can have their talk fresh in my mind when I visit the exhibit afterwards. 

If you are interested in art, feminism, their intersection, exhibits, archives, or even just have some spare time on Tuesday afternoon, I highly recommend that you take the time to come to this free lecture and view the exhibit!  Below is additional information if you are interested.  

Facebook page featuring events and more information for the Schlesinger:

Events page for the Schlesinger:

And, of course, her personal website: