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Award-Winning Author to Lecture on Renowned Feminist Artist Judy Chicago

Gail Levin, award-winning author, will present a lecture on her new book Becoming Judy Chicago (2007), a biography and cultural history of the ground-breaking artist, feminist and intellectual. This event will be held at Pomona College on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

Judy Chicago, known for her breakthrough feminist paintings, such as The Dinner Party, pioneered a program at Fresno State College in the 1970s to help young women become artists. Among the skills she taught her students was carpentry so they could build their own studio and she inspired them to create art out of their own experiences.

The New York Times praised Becoming Judy Chicago as “...a work of large scope and wide research — as well as beautiful illustrations. It brings alive a body of work and an unironic era that seem very far away.” Susan Fisher Sterling of the National Museum of Women in the Arts describes the book as "a fascinating confluence of biography and cultural history inspired by personal aspiration, radical politics, avant-garde art, and the Women's Movement."

Levin is also an art historian, curator, and currently a professor of art history, American Studies, and Women's Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Levin is a recognized authority on the American artist Edward Hopper, about whom she has written several books, including the award-winning Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (1998). It was named a New York Times Notable Book and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other publications include a co-edited anthology on Ethics and the Visual Arts (2006) and Aaron Copland: A Cultural Perspective (2000), with Judith Tick.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History at Pomona College and will be held in Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). It is free and open to the public. Copies of Levin's Becoming Judy Chicago will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. For more information, call: (909) 607-2253.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.