Judy Chicago American, b. 1939

Overview

Chicago's most recognized piece titled The Dinner Party is an installation in the Brooklyn Museum that garnered a lot of attention for its artistic expression of the history of important women. Her inspiration for her work often comes from a sex or gender oriented place as the focus of many of her pieces is the male and female genitalia in many different mediums.  Her body of work is versatile with works that followed the minimalism movement as well as Finish Fetish movement and Feminism movement.  Although some of her pieces appear abstract there is always a deeper theme or meaning behind them.  She will be remembered in art history for having coined the term "feminist art" and founding the first feminist art program in the US. 

 

Her ideas were ahead of her time in the 60s when she started her career; they were rejected by her professors at the University of California.  However, her perseverance was a testament to her belief in her own work.  Just a year after this piece was made she had her first solo show in the Rolf Nelson Gallery which included this piece.  Although subtle, the image of the vulva is present in our piece as Chicago often depicted it as a brightly colored circle with inner detail.  She had a series of paintings during this time period referred to as Bigamy that had the same subject mixed with the sentiment from her husband's recent death by car accident. Judy Chicago is one of the more controversial feminist contemporary artists of this century. 

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