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Judy Chicago: Herstory premiered at the New Museum, New York in 2023, receiving rare reviews as it provided for the first time a historical context and narrative to Chicago’s body of work. 

The exhibition was the iconic feminist artist’s most comprehensive New York museum survey to date. LUMA Arles will host the exhibition in the Summer 2024, in Arles, as a reconceived and expanded exhibition, building on the success of the New Museum show. Spanning more than sixty years of the artist’s career for the most expansive exhibition of her work in Europe to date, Herstory traces Chicago’s practice from her early experiments in Minimalism in the 1960s and her revolutionary feminist art of the 1970s to her series of the 1980s and 1990s—such as the Birth Project, PowerPlay, Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994–2000), and The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction (2012–18)—which expand the purview of her Second Wave Feminist agenda to confront environmental disaster, genocide, social inequity, birth and creation, mortality, and the construct of masculinity. Contextualizing Chicago’s feminist methodology within the many art movements in which she participated—and from whose histories she has frequently been erased—Herstory showcases Chicago’s tremendous impact over many decades.

New to the LUMA Arles incarnation will be a revival of Chicago’s early ground-breaking Feather Room, which will be at the center of the exhibition and An Homage to Arles, a newly commissioned Smoke Sculpture™ which will be a highlight of the opening events.


"Judy Chicago: Herstory" is organized by LUMA Arles in partnership with the New Museum, with the support of Christian Dior Parfums. 

"Judy Chicago: Herstory" originated at the New Museum, New York.
Lead sponsorship is provided by Dior. Major support is provided by Jordan Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jay Franke and David Herro, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Grażyna Kulczyk Collection, Hill Art Foundation, Kathleen O’Grady / The O’Grady Foundation, Debbie and Mitchell Rechler, Judy Rechler, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Margherita Stabiumi, Lisa Watson and Mike Krupka.

The exhibition was originally curated by Massimiliano Gioni, New Museum Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, Gary Carrion-Murayari, New Museum Kraus Family Senior Curator, Margot Norton, former New Museum Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator and current Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Chief Curator, and Madeline Weisburg, New Museum Assistant Curator, with Ian Wallace, New Museum Curatorial Assistant.

The exhibition at LUMA Arles is curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.



Une heure, une expo (in French only)

For an hour, the mediators of LUMA Arles invite you to (re)discover the exhibition about Judy Chicago. Each time slot is dedicated to a specific exhibition, enabling visitors to deepen their understanding of an artist's work through a detailed and enriching presentation.

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Judy Chicago, 2023
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Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, and educator whose career spans nearly six decades. Her work has been the subject of major retrospectives at Serpentine Galleries, London (2024), the New Museum, New York (2023), and the De Young Museum, San Francisco (2021), and is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; The Brooklyn Museum; The British Museum; the De Young Museum; The Getty Trust; The Hammer Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Moderna Museet; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate; and more than twenty-five university art museums. She is the author of sixteen books, including The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago and Revelations published by Thames & Hudson. The retrospective exhibition Judy Chicago: Herstory at LUMA Arles in Summer 2024 will be her first retrospective in Europe. The exhibition is conceived in partnership with the New Museum, New York. 


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