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A Butterfly for Brooklyn

 To celebrate her seventy-fifth birthday, artist Judy Chicago will create A Butterfly for Brooklyn, a monumental pyrotechnic performance piece drawing inspiration from her earliest explorations of feminist imagery.

 Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 p.m.

North End of the Long Meadow (Best entrances: Grand Army Plaza, Garfield Place, Third Street)

The site-specific work, measuring approximately 200 feet wide by 180 feet high, will appear to levitate, swirl, and move.  Presented by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, the project is an outdoor component of the exhibition Chicago in L. A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1962–74, on view in the Sackler Center at the Museum from April 4 through September 28. 

A Butterfly for Brooklyn will transform the imagery Chicago used most famously in her iconic installation, The Dinner Party, into a twenty-minute fusion of color and dazzling visual effects on the Long Meadow of Prospect Park. A pyrotechnic event, A Butterfly for Pomona by Chicago was presented in California as a part of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s critically acclaimed curatorial initiative Pacific Standard Time in 2012. The artist’s recent fireworks pieces are inspired by an increasingly complex series of works called Atmospheres that Chicago created in various West Coast locales between 1968 and 1974. Working with a small team of friends, she transformed beaches, parks, forests, deserts, construction sites, and museums with whirling plumes of brilliant color. The series grew out of the artist’s ongoing research into color relationships during this period—one of the themes in her latest exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

This program is organized by Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Family Curator, with Jess Wilcox, Programs Coordinator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Major support is provided by Barbara and Eric Dobkin. Additional support provided by The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation and by Barbara Lee.

Judy Chicago A Butterfly for Pomona 2012. Fireworks and flares, 170' x 210'. Performance at Pomona College, Claremont, CA as part of Getty PST Performance Festival. © Judy Chicago Photo © Donald Woodman


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