Judy Chicago (born Judith Sylvia Cohen; July 20, 1939) is an American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for her large collaborative art installation pieces about birth and creation images, which examine the role of women in history and culture.
Chicago’s most well known work is The Dinner Party, which is permanently installed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The Dinner Party celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history and is widely regarded as the first epic feminist artwork.
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The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno has acquired Judy Chicago’s full “fireworks” archive with the ambition to reinvestigate the historically male-dominated Land Art movement of the mid-20th century. The archive contains thousands of photographs, digital images, films, drawings and other materials related to the artist-activist’s site-specific works involving coloured smoke and fireworks from 1967 to the present, in which Chicago sought to “feminise” the environment.
“The principal component of The Dinner Party is a massive ceremonial banquet arranged in the shape of an open triangle—a symbol of equality—measuring forty-eight feet on each side with a total of thirty-nine place settings. The “guests of honor” commemorated on the table are designated by means of intricately embroidered runners, each executed in a historically specific manner. Upon these are placed, for each setting, a gold ceramic chalice and utensils, a napkin with an embroidered edge, and a fourteen-inch china-painted plate with a central motif based on butterfly and vulvar forms. Each place setting is rendered in a style appropriate to the individual woman being honored.”
“Brooklyn Museum: Place Settings.” Brooklyn Museum, http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/place_settings. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.
The Dinner Party:
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City’s second largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works.
Judy Chicago’s Birth Project:
Judy Chicago collaborated with more than 150 needleworkers during the Birth Project to create dozens of images combining painting and needlework that celebrate various aspects of the birth process; from the painful to the mythical. Sometimes witty and always original, this series celebrates the birth-giving capacity of women along with their creative spirit.