Synonymous with early feminist art, Judy Chicago has been
challenging the male-dominated art world since the 1970s. Her
characteristically colorful body of work includes paintings, tapestries,
sculpture, and mixed-media installations celebrating women’s achievements.
Chicago legally assumed the name of her hometown after becoming a widow at the
age of 23, symbolizing her lifelong struggle with identity, which she
chronicles in Through the Flower: My
Struggle as a Woman Artist (1975). In homage to
1,038 women central to the history of Western civilization, Chicago’s most
celebrated work, The Dinner Party (1974-79),
exemplifies her ongoing endeavor as an artist, educator, and author to elevate
women from the margins of society and history. The work—on permanent display at
The Brooklyn Museum—features 39 place settings meant to represent famous women
from history, from Joan of Arc to Emily Dickinson, with a further 999 names
inscribed on the floor.
Judy Chicago: Deflowered