Judy Chicago is one of my favorite artists. She is known as one of the more vocal feminist artists in the art world. One of her best known art installations is titled: The Dinner Party—which is at the Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum of Art—, a huge triangle of tables with plates of women throughout history including Georgia O’Keefe and Susan B. Anthony. It is a beautiful tribute to all women.
Here’s an excerpt from the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s biography on Chicago:
Chicago pioneered Feminist Art and art education in the early 1970s, through unique programs for women at California State University-Fresno and later (with Miriam Schapiro) at the California Institute of the Arts. Demonstrating an openly female point of view through collaborative art, Chicago helped to initiate a worldwide Feminist Art movement. She created The Dinner Party, described in the recent 7th edition of Janson and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art as “a powerful icon for women’s liberation and independence,” in the mid to late 1970s with assistance from hundreds of volunteers, including both men and women.
Please feel free to send me the names of any other feminist artists who have paid tribute to women’s achievements in the past or present!