This free, open-air, pyrotechnic performance was sponsored in celebration of the artist’s exhibition Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, on view at the de Young museum from August 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022. The performance took place in front of the de Young museum in San Francisco, CA on October 16, 2021.
Forever de Young harked back to the artist’s innovative Atmospheres, a series of performances staged in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Distinguished by their controlled choreography and distinct reformulation of land art, these live sculptures nonetheless escaped the annals of art history for decades.
In the early 2000s, a new generation of scholars surfaced and celebrated these works as feminist responses to the Light and Space movement. These unobtrusive and ephemeral environments—which opposed the permanent interventions into and transformation of landscape by her male peers—were finally understood as a form of sustainable earth art that freed color from the rigid structures of painting and sculpture and allowed it to gush into the air as clouds of pigment.
Forever de Young was made possible by by the generous support of Jordan D. Schnitzer in memory of his late mother, Arlene Schnitzer (1929-2020), who served on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board of Trustees and Acquisitions Committee from 2006-2015.