Judy Chicago Has Spent Decades Making a Scene. At the New Museum, She’s Staging Her Biggest Intervention Yet

Judy Chicago, Multi-Color Atmosphere A, 1970. All images courtesy of Through the Flower Archives, the artist, Jessica Silverman Gallery, and Jeffrey Deitch.

“That was one of the great euphemisms of all time,” says Judy Chicago across the screen, her hand punctuating every word. The 84-year-old artist is recalling a statement made by de Young Museum Director Thomas Campbell on the occasion of her first retrospective in 2021. During “a press conference or something,” he declared that she “had been marginalized for decades.”

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