Artwork Description

Judy Chicago – Keep the Ball Rolling (From Resolutions: A Stitch in Time)

Dimensions: 25 x 30.5″
Year: 2000
Media: sprayed acrylic, oil, embroidery on portrait linen

Judy Chicago’s Keep the Ball Rolling is from her Resolutions series, which she created in conjunction with some of the finest women needle-workers throughout the country. Chicago’s mission with this body of work was to draw from well-known sayings and proverbs, combining them with impeccable artistry to send positivity into the world. It is remarkable that since the time Chicago created this series, its messages have become even more urgent in our global society. We all need to work together now, regardless of socio-economic, racial, and political differences, to keep our global community healthy.

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.

-Tonya Turner Carroll