Judy Chicago’s (b. 1939) Atmospheres series began on a street in Pasadena, Chicago, in 1968. Evolving over the subsequent years, the body of installations – featuring coloured smokes, fireworks and dry ice – developed into a powerful response to the male-dominated arts landscape of the 1970s.
Staged in public areas such as shopping centres, colleges and art museums, as well as within empty landscapes, the highly immersive, visually mesmerising works continue to make a bold and resonant statement about the experiences of women within urban and natural environments.
Celebrating this contribution, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, presents a documentary photographic exhibition—shedding light on these unique performances through unseen imagery and video.
The show runs until 2 March. Find out more here.
1. Santa Barbara Museum Atmosphere, 1969, Santa Barbara, CA, 2018. Courtesy Nina Johnson and the artist.
2. Smoke Bodies, 1972; from Women and Smoke, 2018. Courtesy Nina Johnson and the artist.
3. Purple Atmosphere, 1969, Santa Barbara, CA, 2018. Courtesy Nina Johnson and the artist.