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Feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago will lecture on opening night of Herron student exhibit

Judy Chicago: Image courtesy of the artist
Judy Chicago: Image courtesy of the artist


November 29, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Judy Chicago will appear next week at Herron School of Art and Design as the 2012 Jane Fortune Outstanding Woman Visiting Artist Lecturer. In a talk titled “Surveying Judy Chicago: An Artist’s Career,” Chicago will trace her trailblazing, artistic life over more than five decades of fecundity.

Her appearance at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., is in conjunction with the opening of the Undergraduate Student Exhibition in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries of Eskenazi Hall.

Each year the Undergraduate Student Exhibition represents the best of the best among Herron’s talented undergraduates across all departments.

In addition to the student exhibit, opening in the Basile and Marsh Galleries, respectively, will be “MFA Collaborative Practices” and “Works of Healing and Hope” -- the latter featuring paintings created by Herron students for the Eskenazi Health collection. The three exhibitions continue through Dec. 26.

Chicago is a pioneer in feminist art, an educator and an influencer of thought throughout the world. Expressed in mediums as varied as needlework and glass, Chicago’s masterful art always has something to say and never fails to provoke thoughtful contemplation and meaningful discussion.

Her highly sought-after works are in continual demand for permanent collections and for gallery exhibitions internationally. Chicago is perhaps best known for her 1979 work, “The Dinner Party,” an installation piece that represents a purposely chosen group of real and mythical women through exquisitely constructed, individual place settings. The work catapulted the artist into national controversy and feminist art into national consciousness. In 2007, the Brooklyn Museum installed “The Dinner Party” in its permanent collection.

In 1999, Chicago taught at Indiana University Bloomington through a presidential appointment in art and gender studies.

It is the generosity of Jane Fortune -- author, cultural editor, art historian, art collector and philanthropist -- that brings Chicago to Herron. Her lecture is the fifth Jane Fortune Outstanding Woman Visiting Artist Lecture.

“I want to make an impact on the community that surrounds me and help make the arts accessible to our residents," Fortune said. "For me, supporting Herron makes sense. Why would you not want to support excellence?”

Limited parking for the lecture and opening night of the exhibit is available in the Sports Complex Garage just west of Eskenazi Hall. Visitors should park in the visitor side of the garage and bring the parking ticket to the Herron Galleries for validation. Complimentary parking is courtesy of The Great Frame Up.

Parking in the surface lot next to Herron School of Art and Design requires a valid IUPUI parking permit at all times.