Mixed Me­dia Judy Chicago and Vic­tory Gr­rrls at Form & Con­cept

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Au­thor, ed­u­ca­tor, and artist Judy Chicago is a pi­o­neer of fem­i­nist art, best known for her late-1970s work The Din­ner Party ,a mixed-me­dia in­stal­la­tion of 39 place set­tings made to honor fa­mous his­toric and mythic women. In 1978 she founded the fem­i­nist or­ga­ni­za­tion Through the Flower, which spon­sors ex­hibits and ed­u­ca­tional projects on en­sur­ing women’s place in cul­ture and his­tory. Chicago is known for em­ploy­ing medi­ums tra­di­tion­ally seen as fem­i­nine, such as needle­work, to make bold state­ments on con­tem­po­rary is­sues af­fect­ing women’s rights. She ap­pears at Form & Con­cept (435 S. Guadalupe St., 505-982-8111) for a pre­sen­ta­tion on her life by Crys­tal Bridges Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art cu­ra­tor Chad Al­li­good. The talk is co-hosted by the gallery and the Women’s In­ter­na­tional Study Cen­ter, where Al­li­good is in res­i­dence and work­ing on a mono­graph of Chicago. All avail­able seats are re­served for the free event, which takes place on Fri­day, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m., and in­cludes a Q&A with Chicago, but the gallery is broad­cast­ing the talk live via Face­book; for more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.for­mand­con­cept.cen­ter.

The fol­low­ing day, Form & Con­cept hosts an event by fem­i­nist per­for­mance artists Vic­tory Gr­rrls at 3 p.m. Vic­tory Gr­rrls is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lec­tive that was founded by three lo­cal artists — Niomi Fawn, Thais Mather, and Lucy Made­line — in 2016. The group de­rived its name from com­bin­ing a World War II-era cam­paign slo­gan with a ref­er­ence to the fem­i­nist punk-rock riot gr­rrl move­ment, which be­gan in the 1990s. Each mem­ber of Vic­tory Gr­rrls will present a per­for­mance re­lated to the is­sues ex­plored in their re­spec­tive art prac­tices. The Satur­day, Feb. 11, event is by ad­mis­sion on a slid­ing scale from $5 to $10 per per­son. — Michael Abatemarco

Judy Chicago, im­age cour­tesy the artist; top to bot­tom, Thais Mather, Niomi Fawn, and Lucy Made­line

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