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The Thread: On ‘Judy Chicago: Herstory’ at The New Museum, New York, NY October 12, 2023–March 3, 2024

Judy Chicago, 2023. Photo by Donald Woodman.
Here’s an origin story for you. Just as America was emerging from the Great Depression, a progressive Jewish couple from Chicago, Arthur and May Cohen, welcomed their first red diaper baby: Judy. Six years later, when Judy was home alone with her little brother, she heard a knock at the door and opened it to two FBI agents. When May arrived home, she found the men interrogating her young children about their father and his friends. Arthur was subsequently blacklisted and unable to find work. May went to . . .


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