Judy Chicago; Childbirth in America from the Birth Project

New Exhibition, “Judy Chicago; Childbirth in America” at Through the Flower Art Space

On November 13, 2021, Through the Flower Art Space unveiled a new and timely exhibition by Judy Chicago; Childbirth in America. The opening reception will was held at the art space to dozens of visitors across New Mexico. The exhibition will feature works from Judy Chicago’s Birth Project along with a series of panels introducing viewers to the (largely unknown) history of childbirth. Executed between 1980 and 1985 – at a time when there were few images of birth in Western art -the Birth Project has been included in numerous shows; most recently in Chicago’s retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (on view until January 9, 2022) and an upcoming exhibition of Childbirth in America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At a time when reproductive rights are again under attack, this exhibition will look at the universal human experience of birth, which presents women with myriad physical, emotional, social, and economic challenges. Along with the exhibition, Through the Flower Art Space will host educational presentations, video screenings, and roundtable discussions to encourage open and honest dialogue.

Childbirth in America was conceived by Judy Chicago as part of the Birth Project, a series of birth and creation images that were created by her and executed under her supervision by 150 skilled needle workers around the world. The Birth Project, exhibited in more than 100 venues, employed the collaborative methods and a similar merging of concept and media that characterized Chicago’s The Dinner Party. Exhibition units from the Birth Project can be seen in numerous public collections around the country.

Through the Flower is planning to partner with other New Mexico organizations and coalitions working to improve the birth experience for New Mexico residents. By collaborating with remarkable organizations and individuals active in New Mexico’s birth-care community, Through the Flower hopes to educate, inspire, and empower the community to create social change through art.