Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

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Rainbow Pickett, 1965, Judy Chicago.

Join us for a celebration of the life and work of a pioneering feminist artist. Judy Chicago rose to international prominence with her landmark installation The Dinner Party, which was first exhibited in San Francisco in 1979. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is the first exhibition to offer a comprehensive overview of the artist’s entire career. This talk will explore Chicago’s full body of work, from her early forays into minimalism to her current work that addresses mortality and environmental issues. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is organized on the heels of the fortieth anniversary of the first showing of The Dinner Party in San Francisco and in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. This exhibition is a fitting tribute to an artist who has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice and female expression.

Our docent for this event will be Joyce Thorn. Joyce did her undergraduate work at Vassar College and received her graduate degree from University of California, Davis. She spent most of her career in financial services in San Francisco, but in the early 2000s, left the business world to follow a passion – wildlife photography. For nearly a decade, she volunteered at various wildlife organizations doing both office and field work.

Through the Flower, 1973, Judy Chicago.

Joyce has been a regular visitor to the de Young and Legion of Honor since early childhood. Wanting to deepen her connection with the city and the art, she entered the Docent program at the Fine Arts Museums in 2018 and has shared her love of art with museum visitors ever since. 2020 brought the unexpected opportunity to inspire students and other groups over Zoom with a wide variety of academic presentations as well. She recently joined the virtual Art Talks program and is currently serving as part of the Docent Education team, helping to develop resources to support meaningful visitor tours.