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Yousuf Karsh

May Editor’s Picks: Art

09-05-hotarttextile

The Creation by Judy Chicago, woven by Audrey Cowan (Image © Donald Woodman).

ON NOW The practice of needlepoint—for centuries seen as an innocuous domestic hobby for women—takes on profound political, cultural and artistic implications in When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread, the latest exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. Numerous striking works produced cooperatively by the American artist and volunteer textile makers hang from the museum’s walls and enshrine female iconography in a sphere historically dominated by masculine viewpoints. Spanning Chicago’s four-decade career, the survey offers a distinct feminist perspective with such pieces as The Creation, a large-scale tapestry from the 1980 to ‘85 Birth Project, which explores the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences shared by women through childbirth.

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