“Judy Chicago: Herstory” at the New Museum through March 3, 2023 and “The Dinner Party” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (permanently on display)

With nearly 300 artworks, images, and maquettes spanning six decades and another 100 artworks by 80 other women artists spanning six centuries, “Judy Chicago: Herstory” may just be the largest survey ever mounted under one roof. On view through March 3, 2024, “Judy Chicago: Herstory” covers a lot of movements, moving from minimalism to performance art, participatory art, feminist art, figuration, and onto “Americana,” all the while remaining activist in spirit.

“Strong Women of the Italian Renaissance” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In 1582, poet Moderata Fonte described women’s talents as “hidden gold,” a metaphor that frames this exhibit through masterful artworks and intricate artifacts. While the “strong women” angle requires a curatorial jackhammer at times, this rich, atmospheric show is certainly worth a visit before it closes on January 7.