Recognizing a passion among those who value equality, inclusively and diversity to come together to make their voices heard, Judy Chicago took her ‘What If Women Ruled the World’ banners, which were created in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri of DIOR, as the impetus for a new revolutionary call-and-response to invite allies all around the world to share ideas and create a global community supporting gender rights.
The participatory project invites individuals globally to congregate, virtually and physically, to share their ideas and create a global community. Artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, a founder of Pussy Riot, was the first to answer all 11 questions during a call to action at the ICA Miami in December 2022. Judy Chicago stated: “As we watch the gains of the last 50 years being pushed back, Nadya and I have come together to invite people all over the world to think collectively about how to reclaim our world, our humanity, and our planet”.
Thousands of global responses have been ‘digitally threaded’ together to create Judy Chicago’s Monumental ‘What if Women Ruled the World’ Participatory Quilt, demonstrating the power of her collaborative and transformative practice as she continues to inspire future generations.
This is more than a quilt; it is a global dialogue, a historical canvas, and a dynamic testament to the collective spirit of our time, manifested through the visionary lens of Judy Chicago.
Judy Chicago’s “What if Women Ruled the World” Participatory Quilt is on view in the exhibition “Herstory”, the first comprehensive New York Museum survey of Judy Chiago’s work, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. “Herstory” spans Chicago’s sixty-year career and encompasses the breadth of the artist’s work, across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking.
Judy Chicago is interested in her New Museum exhibition being ambidirectional; that is both a retrospective and a prospective. Judy’s participatory quilt offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with the artist and collectively imagine an equitable future among all genders.
Judy Chicago (born Judith Sylvia Cohen, 1939, Chicago, Il) is one of the most influential artists of our century, an author, feminist, educator and intellectual, and a 2022 inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Over the course of her six-decade career, social and environmental justice have been the driving force behind some of her most important projects as she continues to fight for equality in the art world for women and other marginalized artists and the protection of all living creatures.
Over the years, male curators, and critics, who favored artwork created in the vein of the male-centered art historical canon, often overlooked her work. Rather than backing down, Chicago took on the challenge of changing these attitudes in the art world through the founding of the first Feminist Art Program at Fresno State, CA; the creation of her epic work, The Dinner Party, which sought to counter the erasure of women’s history; and the development of a K-12 “Dinner Party” curriculum. In subsequent projects and bodies of work, she has addressed the prescient issues of birth and creation in the Birth Project, the construct of masculinity in PowerPlay, the horrors of genocide in the Holocaust Project, and most recently, the subject of mortality and its relation to the destruction of our planet in The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction.
Chicago took the fashion world by storm with her collaboration with Dior and its creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Spring 2020 haute couture show in Paris. Chicago’s career retrospective opened to rave reviews in August 2021 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. In celebration of her retrospective, Chicago unveiled her largest Smoke Sculpture to date, Forever de Young, seen by more than 35,000 people worldwide.
The author of fifteen books, Chicago wrote her definitive memoir, The Flowering, published in July 2021 by Thames & Hudson and cited as one of the best books of the year. The award-winning newsmagazine show CBS Sunday Morning recently profiled Chicago.
Nadya Tolokonnikova (born November 7, 1989, Norilsk, Siberia, Russia) is a conceptual artist, musician, author, activist and the founding member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement. Today, hundreds of people identify as a part of the Pussy Riot community. Pussy Riot joined the NFT community in early 2021, co-founder of UnicornDAO, instrumental in raising over $7m with UkraineDAO, a PleasrDAO member, and a supporter of a stronger female representation in the NFT space.
Tolokonnikova attended Moscow University and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Rhode Island School of Design, 2019. She has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including: “Empowerment”, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 2022-2023; “Inside Pussy Riot”, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K, 2017; “Zero Tolerance,” MoMA, New York, 2014; “Take Liberty”, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway, 2014; and collaborations and public projects including a performance for Banksy’s “Dismaland” exhibition, 2015; “Speech Itself – Pen America” with Jenny Holzer, Rockefeller Center, NY, 2022.
Nadya Tolokonnikova has an extensive and ongoing history of political activism, for which she was sentenced in 2012 to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance. After activating a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions, she was sent to a Siberian penal colony, where she maintained her artistic activity and toured the Siberian labor camps with her prison punk band. In 2018, she published the book “Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism.” Co-founder of independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona, she has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament, and appeared as herself on season 3 of the television show House of Cards. Awards include Time magazine, Women of the Year, 2012; LennonOno Grant for Peace, 2012; The Guardian, Best Art of the 21st Century, for 2012 The Punk Prayer political art piece, in 2019; OutRight Action International Outstanding Award for her effort raising $7M in donation for Ukraine with the NFT Project Ukraine DAO, 2022.
Pussy Riot stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism.
Judy Chicago invites all who share feminist values to come together and make their voices heard at this urgent time for gender rights.
This project took Chicago’s inspiring ‘What If Women Ruled the World’ banners, which were created in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior Spring Summer 2020 Haute Couture show, as its source for a new revolutionary call-and-response.
Judy Chicago invites you to respond to one or more of her 11 questions posed on her banners, and collectively work towards a more equitable future. Written messages and visual images submitted here will be reviewed and selected.
Selected responses will be included in Judy Chicago’s ‘What if Women Ruled the World” participatory work.
DMINTI is an organization that partners with artists and institutions to produce, present and position innovative work and experiences at the intersection of art and technology.
DMINTI partners with leading artists and cultural luminaries to best express their vision through the most advanced digital technology and Web3 resources. In DMINTI’s metaverse, innovative programs such as Metaverse Mondays connect artists and cultural institutions to global and multi-generational audiences. DMINTI is dedicated to strong educational initiatives and has become a leader offering live cultural, highly curated experiences in the metaverse.
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