May 28, 2020 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Public opening: Judy Chicago; Alicia Stewart; Colchas
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - Noon to 5:00pm

Public opening: Judy Chicago; Alicia Stewart; Colchas

The Harwood Museum

Community reception: Sunday, June 2, 2019 – Noon to 5:00pm

Judy Chicago collaborated with more than 150 needle workers between 1980 and 1985 to create dozens of images combining painting and needlework that celebrate the birth process – from the painful to the mythical. Sometimes witty and always original, this series celebrates the birth-giving capacity of women along with their creative spirit. Birth Project works have been exhibited in over 100 venues around the country.

This exhibition draws from the Harwood’s collection as well as from the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Through the Flower, Judy Chicago’s non-profit feminist art organization, and other New Mexico collections.

Judy Chicago was born on July 20, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. She is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. Gloria Steinem stated in Interview magazine (2017), “Chicago is not only a pioneer of feminist art; she is arguably its founder, inventor, and chief figurehead.” She lives and works in Belen, New Mexico.

Alicia Stewart grew up in Madrid, New Mexico, and at an early age began making artwork inspired by her vivid imagination. She always had the dream to one day become an artist, and to be an inspiration for young people and encourage them to follow their dreams. Tragically, Stewart died of an epileptic seizure in her dorm room at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore at the age of 18. The exhibition was curated by Lucy Lippard in collaboration with the arist's mother, Tamara Stewart.

Embroidered History: Colchas and the Stitch that Defined a Region The colchas in this exhibition are from the museum's collection, borrowed from a local collection and from the New Mexico Museum of Art. 

Pictured above: Judy Chicago, Birth Garment 4: Great American Mother from the Birth Project, 1984, Quilting, Quilting by Linda Gaughenbaugh, applique by Sally Babson, 41 ½ x 41 in.
Collection of University of New Mexico Art Museum

Above, right: Wayne Graves, Untitled (Snake Colcha) c.1931 Colcha (wool), gift of Wallace Bacon in memory of Ben Hazard

Left: Judy Chicago, (c) Donald Woodman/Artists Rights Society, NY.

Lower left: Alicia Stewart at work, 2015