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Artist Judy Chicago revisits Southern California [video]

October 31, 2011 |  9:00 am


Never mind the fact that Judy Chicago now lives in New Mexico. She has spent the better part of the last two months in Los Angeles — her hometown in the '60s and early '70s. It was no vacation: As one of the most visible artists included in Pacific Standard Time, with works appearing in roughly a dozen gallery and museum exhibitions, she was busy preparing for openings and giving various talks.

(She will be back in January to kick off the performance art festival and get ready for a pair of solo gallery shows in February — at Nye & Brown in Culver City and Jancar Gallery in Chinatown.)

The Times caught up with Chicago and curator Rebecca McGrew to talk about her work from her L.A. days, like her spray-painted car hoods that came well before those of Richard Prince — a fact that she says John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha pointed out to Prince himself. In the Times video below, taken at the Getty Center, Chicago says that early on she painted "like a man" to gain acceptance in the male-dominated art world.

Some would call her work from the period pre-feminist. Chicago sees it as proto-feminist. Either way it packs a graphic punch and represents a serious attempt to infiltrate a macho art scene all but closed to women.


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Photo: Pomona College Museum of Art curator Rebecca McGrew, left, with Judy Chicago in front of Chicago's 1964 work "Car Hood" at the Getty Center. The work is on loan from the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.