Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archive

Judy Chicago, Through the Flower, serigraph on paper, 1991 Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo: ©Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

The Oregon philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer has acquired a significant archive of prints and other works on paper by the artist Judy Chicago with the goal of highlighting her six-decade feminist career through exhibitions and museum loans.

The purchase by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, encompassing over 300 limited-edition prints, preparatory drawings and sketches and copper plates, is entering a collection already known for championing women artists and artists of colour including Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Alison Saar and Hung Liu, according to Tonya Turner Carroll, the Santa Fe dealer and art advisor who brokered the acquisition. No price was disclosed.

The works, dated from 1965 to 2020, are to arrive at the foundations offices in Portland in September, she says. Turner Carroll says the acquisition came about after Chicago, who lives in the New Mexico town of Belen, consulted her in June on who might best shepherd her print archive through history. The goal was to parallel how the artist found a home earlier this year at the Nevada Museum of Art for her “fireworks” archive of photographs, digital images, films, drawings and other materials, she reports.

The dealer says she instantly thought of Schnitzer, who she says puts an overwhelming emphasis on stewardship and documentation as well as exhibitions and loans. “Not only does he really love his collection, but you can just see it in his demeanor—hes like a kid in a candy store when hes talking about art and artists,” Turner Carroll says.

Among the highlights of the gift she cited are a wooden mould for a cast paper edition of Chicagos Submerged/Emerged series from 1976/2005 and variously dated images from her feminist Through the Flower series, as well as “remarkable” 1999 images from her Yes, I am Black and Radiant, from Voices from the Song of Songs. She pointed to the artists Nine Fragments From the Delta of Venus series (2004), prints enclosed in a heart-shaped box and springing from a friendship with the writer Anaïs Nin, as well.

Judy Chicago, Nine Fragments from the Delta of Venus, boxed set, 2004 ©Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo: ©Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

Turner Carroll says the acquisition includes a work from every one of Chicagos print editions, including examples from canonical bodies of work such as The Dinner Party, Birth Project and Atmospheres. “This will enhance the abilities of art historians to understand her process,” she says. The preparatory works “give you insight into every tiny little aspect of a figure pose, with the persons head tilted” at gradual degrees.

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