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We have big news about Judy Chicago

Artist, feminist, educator, and intellectual, Judy Chicago first got to know the Nevada Museum of Art in 2018 when her Atmospheres were included in Laid Bare in the LandscapeThe exhibition brought renewed focus to her connections to Land Art. Since then, the Museum has been working with Chicago to acquire her fireworks archive for the Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections.

At long last, we have finalized the acquisition. The archive, Judy Chicago: Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks, contains materials from her extensive work with dry ice, colored smoke, and fireworks from 1967 through the present. A set of 12 Atmospheres and On Fire exhibition prints is also included.

The Museum now joins Penn State University, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, as the stewards of Judy Chicago’s archives. These materials are accessible through the Judy Chicago Research Portal.

The archive will debut publicly next October with On Fire: Judy Chicago’s Atmospheres Archive, which will serve as a major backdrop for the 2021 Art + Environment Conference focusing on Land Art: Past, Present, and Futures.

Learn more about this exciting news by exploring below.

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Interview: A Fireworks Story

In this dynamic, short video, Judy Chicago recounts how she sought to “feminize” the landscape, and why she is “thrilled and delighted” that her fireworks archive has joined the Museum’s collections.

 

ARTnews

Alex Greenberger talks with JoAnne Northrup and William L. Fox to learn more about how Judy Chicago: Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks opens up a new vista for thinking about and collecting Land Art archives.

The Art Newspaper

David Walker, CEO, and JoAnne Northrup share thoughts on how Judy Chicago’s historically significant contributions are critical to the larger global conversation currently happening around art and environment.

Artforum

Read how Judy Chicago’s archive will build upon the core strengths of the Center for Art + Environment in this art world dispatch.

Image Credits: Judy Chicago, Birthday Bouquet for Belen Smoke Test, 2019. © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo © Donald Woodman/ARS, New York. Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; and Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; Judy Chicago, Smoke Bodies from Women and Smoke, 1972 Fireworks performance, Performed in the California Desert, © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo courtesy of Through the Flower Archives, Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; Judy Chicago, Immolation from Women and Smoke, 1972, Fireworks performance, Performed in the California Desert, © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo courtesy of Through the Flower Archives, Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. Judy Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum, 1971. Fireworks performance. Performed at the Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA. © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of Through the Flower Archives.