Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party (overview), 1974-79. Image provided by Judy Chicago, ©Judy Chicago; judychicago.com, Photo by Donald Woodman

Artstor has collaborated with Judy Chicago to share approximately 400 images of works by the artist in the Digital Library. Judy Chicago (b. 1939) is an artist, author, feminist, and educator whose career spans four decades. Demonstrating an openly female point of view through collaborative art, Chicago helped to initiate a worldwide feminist art movement. In the early 1970s, Chicago pioneered feminist art education through unique programs for women at California State University, Fresno and later (with the American painter Miriam Schapiro) at the California Institute of the Arts. Chicago's most well-known work, The Dinner Party (1974-1979), is an icon of feminist art and was executed with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. This monumental multimedia project is comprised of a triangular table with 39 individual place settings for notable women arranged chronologically along the three wings. Collectively, the place settings trace a symbolic history of women in western civilization from prehistory through the 20th century. In 2007, the Brooklyn Museum opened the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which includes as its centerpiece a space specifically designed for the permanent installation of Chicago's landmark work. The collection in ARTstor consists of images depicting The Dinner Party, along with individual works and other collaborative projects from throughout Chicago's career, such as the Birth Project (1980-1985), Powerplay (1982-1987), Holocaust Project (1985-1993), Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994-2000), and recent works in glass.

Photographer Donald Woodman (b. 1945) collaborated with Chicago on the Holocaust Project. Woodman, Chicago's husband, also photographed many of her works. For more than 35 years, Woodman has pursued an active career as a fine art and commercial photographer, as well as an art educator. Together, Chicago and Woodman have team-taught courses at Western Kentucky University, California State Polytechnic University, and Vanderbilt University. 

Judy Chicago's art has been frequently exhibited in the United States and internationally, and her ten published books are distributed worldwide. Her work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including: The British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Getty Trust, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1978, Chicago founded Through the Flower, a non-profit feminist art organization based in New Mexico. In 1996, Chicago deposited her papers at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, becoming the first living artist to be included in the archive. Penn State University hosts the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection at Penn State, one of the most important private collections of archival materials on feminist art education, and The Dinner Party Curriculum Project, an educational curriculum based on Chicago's iconic work for Kindergarten through 12th grade.