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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Judy Chicago Presents A Stitch in Time: A Conversation with textile artist Pat Rudy-Baese

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 2:00 PM
Through the Flower
107 Becker Avenue
Belen NM
(505) 864-4080

Most people immediately think DINNER PARTY when the name Judy Chicago comes up. Of course, that iconic project, a huge multimedia installation created by Chicago and hundreds of volunteers between 1974 and 1979 is a never-to-be-forgotten treasure that has toured the world to 15 sites, 6 countries, and been viewed by more than 1 million people. It is now permanently housed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. I saw it there and I was awestruck. The number of participants, the incredible detail and thought that went into each individual place setting, the history it represents—all of this and more made a big impact on me.

But Chicago has never been one to stand still. Her work has continued and expanded in the decades since she created the Dinner Party and I recently was fortunate enough to see an incredible carved, etched, and painted, one-of-a-kind, studio glass piece by Judy, done in collaboration with Norm and Ruth Dobbins, displayed prominently in a private home.

Her other pursuits, too many to go into detail about here, now include needlework images that provide narrative for multicultural and contemporary feminist perspectives. If you can get to New Mexico for this presentation, it promises to be quite interesting and is accompanied by the exhibition Judy Chicago in Needlework.

NOTE: The New Mexico Rail Runner now gives you rail access from Santa Fe in the North to Belen in the South, and many points in between. Fly or drive in, jump the rail and relax—art is on the way!

1 comment:

Jerrie said...

Wow didn't know railrunner was going yet. Hope you had good trip down there. Sorry I didn't stay to catch you at that end.