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New Mexico State Honors Program to present artist Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago, an artist known for pioneering the feminist art movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.



Judy Chicago, an artist known for pioneering the feminist art movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms as part of the New Mexico State University Speaker's Series. (Courtesy photo)

Chicago's presentation, "From Project to Paper," is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of her art at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The "Trials and Tributes: a Judy Chicago Retrospective" exhibit will run at the gallery through Feb. 17. Her appearance is part of the University Speaker's Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces each spring. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Born Judy Cohen in Chicago in 1939, she changed her name from Gerowitz, the surname of her first husband, to Chicago in 1970, declaring, "Judy Gerowitz hereby divests herself of all names imposed upon her through male social dominance and freely chooses her own name, Judy Chicago."

She is perhaps best known for her collaborative feminist piece, "The Dinner Party" (1974-1979), which is a mixed-media installation set on an open triangular 48-foot table that holds 39 dinner plates, each representing a famous woman in history. During the 1970s, she was instrumental in forming feminist art programs at Fresno State College and the California Institute of the Arts.

Her art pays tribute to women through a focus on the female experience. Feminism has been at the center of many of Chicago's other projects, "Womanhouse" (1971), "International Quilting Bee" (1980-present) and "Birth Project" (1980-1985).

Chicago received her bachelor's and master's of art from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Belen, N.M., with her husband, photographer Donald Woodman.

Chicago's lecture is sponsored by the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Gallery and the University Art Gallery. Additional funding was provided by the Women's Studies Program.

The University Speaker's Series, presented each spring by the Honors Program and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

Susan Sontag, a fiction writer, essayist and cultural critic, also will be presented this spring by the Honors Program. She will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Pan American Center. Sontag's presentation is titled "Politics of Art." Her books have been translated into 23 languages and her subjects range from literature and the visual and performance arts to ethics, politics and culture.

For more information about the Speaker's Series, call the Honors Program at (505) 646-2005.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/chicago_judy.jpg.
CUTLINE: Judy Chicago, an artist known for pioneering the feminist art movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms as part of the New Mexico State University Speaker's Series. (Courtesy photo)

Julie M. Hughes
Jan. 3, 2002