Smoke Goddess: Judy Chicago on Land Art and the Desert, In Conversation with Philipp Kaiser

Thursday January 24

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

Debra and Dennis Scholl Distinguished Speaker Series

Join artist and icon Judy Chicago in conversation with curator Philipp Kaiser as they discuss Chicago’s work from the early 1970s and her response to the male-dominated Land Art scene. Chicago’s Atmospheres were pyrotechnic performances in deserts and forests, and on beaches and in built environment on the West Coast. Her goal was to feminize the environment and reclaim the landscape for women.

Chicago’s work is featured in the exhibition Laid Bare in the Landscape, on view from September 29, 2018—January 27, 2019.


Judy Chicago is an artist, educator, author, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s rights to freedom of expression. Chicago’s most well-known and widely-acclaimed work is The Dinner Party, which is the centerpiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Her larger body of work, including her groundbreaking firework performances, are only being rediscovered and celebrated today.

Philipp Kaiser in an independent curator and critic based in Los Angeles. He is the former senior curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles, where he curated Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 (2012). He is the former director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany and organized the Swiss Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.