Judy Chicago – Hitch Your Wagon To A Star (From Resolutions: A Stitch in Time)
Dimensions: 54 x 54″
Media: sprayed acrylic, oil, embroidery, quilting on portrait linen
Judy Chicago’s “Hitch Your Wagon To A Star” is from the series Resolutions: A Stitch in Time, which addressed the problem of the seemingly widespread breakdown of social values, and reinterpreted traditional adages and proverbs for the future. The phrase “hitch your wagon to a star” essentially means “make use of powers higher than your own.” This phrase was used by the American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870 in the context of idealistic aspiration. The piece evokes the importance of community and relationships and the notion that everyone is uplifted by each other. A collaboratively produced Sampler introduces series which groups the work into such age-old values as Family, Responsibility, Tolerance, Human Rights, Conversation, Hope, and Change. Resolutions puts forth a playful contemporary vision of old-fashioned ideas, casting these in a multi-cultural and contemporary perspective.
Judy Chicago’s artworks are found in the permanent collections of the world’s top museums. Gloria Steinem, upon introducing her long time friend as she was being honored by the Hammer Museum, famously said she could define art history as before and after Judy Chicago. There are numerous monographs and books about Judy Chicago, including the most recent monograph published by National Museum of Women in the Arts. Art historians and curators can search the Judy Chicago Portal, which combines her archives at Harvard, Penn State, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2020 Judy Chicago completed a widely acclaimed collaboration with Dior Couture in Paris, in which her Female Divine monumental sculpture was erected outside the Rodin Museum in Paris and housed her banners posing the question “What if Women Ruled the World?” Read more about why Dior invited her to collaborate with them.