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Judy Chicago: Early Work
Participants Gail Levin, Elizabeth Sackler

Gail Levin traces the development of Judy Chicago's art from the time when she was known as Judith Sylvia Cohen up to the moment she began to conceive of The Dinner Party. Levin examines and contextualizes what nurtured, inspired, provoked, and challenged Chicago's remarkable creativity, drawing upon the many interviews she conducted with Chicago and other artists while researching her 2007 biography, Becoming Judy Chicago. Levin is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at The Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. After studying the lives of other artists, Levin examined her own life in art in a collage memoir, On NOT Becoming an Artist: A Retro-Spective, which will be shown May 1–27 at the National Association of Women Artists. Introductions by Elizabeth Sackler.