Judy Chicago: In the Making

By Claudia Schmuckli, Janna Keegan, and Jenni Sorkin

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One of the founding forces behind the 1970s feminist art movement, Judy Chicago became widely known for The Dinner Party, a massive installation that shined a spotlight on women’s contributions to history. Yet, for decades, Chicago operated in the margins of the art world, her work shunned by most critics and institutions—but she never stopped creating. Employing a vast array of media, from textiles to painting to pyrotechnics, Chicago constantly addresses many of the most urgent human questions. Judy Chicago: In the Making accompanies the first exhibition to offer a thorough review of the artist’s incredible career. It traces her artistic practice back to its roots, revealing her unique working style and the origins of the formal and conceptual strategies she has applied throughout her oeuvre. Bringing together a selection drawn from all of her major series, this volume reproduces, alongside some of her most iconic artworks, the sketchbooks, journals, and preparatory drawings that document her extensive process of research and development.


Claudia Schmuckli is curator in charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Janna Keegan is assistant curator of contemporary art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Jenni Sorkin is associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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