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Projects

Through the Flower has supported multiple projects throughout its history with the goal of providing greater access to art that can teach people about women's history and inspire others to actively bring about positive change in their own communities.  Below are major projects that Through the Flower has been involved with over the years.

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is a monumental work of art that employs numerous media including ceramics, china-painting, and an array of needle and fiber techniques, to honor the history of women in Western civilization.

  • A milestone, multi-media installation created by Judy Chicago and hundreds of volunteers between 1974 and 1979.
  • A symbolic history of women in Western civilization which has toured around the world to fifteen sites, six countries and a viewing audience of over one million people.
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The Dinner Party installed in its permanent home at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum. Mixed media, 48' x 48' x 3', Collection of Brooklyn Museum
International Honor Quilt

In 1980, Judy Chicago and Through the Flower invited the submission of small triangular quilts, honoring women of the quilt maker's choice.  Since that time approximately six hundred of these colorful creations have traveled with The Dinner Party and together with registrarial material compiled by Dr. Marilee Schmit Nason were archived by Through the Flower until 2013.  In that year Through the Flower donated the project, accompanying documentation, and material to the University of Louisville and the Hite Art Institute.  International quilt expert Shelly Zegart chairs the committee overseeing the project.

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Installation view of the International Honor Quilt from The Dinner Party, Melbourne, Australia, 1988
The Birth Project

Prior to the Birth Project few images of birth existed in Western art, a puzzling omission as birth is a central focus of many women's lives and a universal experience of all humanity—as everyone is born.  Seeking to fill this void Judy Chicago created multiple images of birth to be realized through needlework; a visually rich medium which has been ignored or trivialized by the mainstream art community.

Between 1980 - 1985 Judy Chicago designed dozens of images on the subject of birth and creation to be embellished by needle workers around the United States, Canada, and as far away as New Zealand.  Formatted into provocative exhibition units which included both needlework and documentary materials, these works toured the U.S. and Canada and were eventually placed by Through the Flower in numerous institutions where they are on public view or used as part of university curricula.

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Logo from theBirth Project, Embroidery, 11" x 8". Embroidery by Pamella Nesbit, Collection of the artist
Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light

The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light is the vision of the world-renowned artist Judy Chicago who in collaboration with her husband, photographer Donald Woodman and a selected number of skilled artisans, spent eight years on a project structured as a journey into the darkness of the Holocaust and out into the light of hope.  Chicago and Woodman examined the Holocaust in a contemporary context, asking how this tragic event might serve as a prism through which to explore issues of victimization, oppression, injustice and human cruelty—issues that are sadly very much with us today.

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Logo from the Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light, 1992. Stained Glass, 42" x 48 1/2" x 8". Fabricated by Bob Gomez, Michael Caudle, Flo Perkins and Donald Woodman
Resolutions: A Stitch in Time

Although Through the Flower did not tour Resolutions, it provided administrative and educational support to the museums where it was exhibited, and continues to work with institutions interested in exhibiting the various works. This project might be described as a post-modern undertaking in that it subverts both the tradition of proverbs and that of needlework in a series of images reinterpreting traditional proverbs, through works that combine painting and needlework.

Resolutions: A Stitch in Time is a series of painted and needleworked images created by Judy Chicago and a group of highly accomplished needleworkers, many of whom have worked with Chicago on previous projects. Begun in 1994 with the intention of addressing the problem of the widespread breakdown of social values, this project reinterprets traditional adages and proverbs for the future.

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Needlework Sampler, 2000. Counted cross-stitch and embroidery on cotton, 37" x 25 1/2", needlework by Pat Rudy-Baese, Jane Thompson and Joyce Gilbert
New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor
  • Through the Flower developed the New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor as part of its program of fostering the understanding of feminist art.

The New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor is presented by Through the Flower, where we are dedicated to fostering the understanding of feminist art.  We do this by documenting, preserving and disseminating the values expressed in the art and methods of Judy Chicago: cooperation, recognition, creativity, empathy and diversity.

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New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor
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