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February 25, 2013

Karen Finley: “Straight from the gut”

Karen Finley | A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much | 5/18/1990 | Originally at Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

Karen Finley | A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much | 5/18/1990 | Originally at Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to highlight the work of Karen Finley, a world-renowned performance artist, author, and playwright whose work has addressed issues such as sexuality, abuse, and American politics from an uncompromising feminist perspective.

Finley came to national attention when her 1990 grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was vetoed, along those of three other artists, because the content of her work was considered inappropriate. The artists sued and ultimately lost a Supreme Court appeal, but Finley was not deterred. As her struggles with the NEA were already in full swing in 1990, Franklin Furnace—in a bold move, as the organization itself was partly funded by the NEA—presented her installation, A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much.

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November 10, 2010

Now available: Works by Judy Chicago

Nearly 400 images of works by Judy Chicago are now available in the Digital Library. Judy Chicago (b. 1939) is an artist, author, feminist, and educator whose career spans four decades. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States and internationally, and her ten published books are distributed worldwide. 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. 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.

Judy Chicago’s 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. Photographer Donald Woodman (b. 1945), Chicago’s husband, collaborated with Chicago on the Holocaust Project and also photographed many of her works.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Judy Chicago collection page.

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June 3, 2010

New collection agreement: Works by Judy Chicago

Artstor is collaborating 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. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States and internationally, and her ten published books are distributed worldwide. 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. 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 will consist 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.

Judy Chicago’s 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. Photographer Donald Woodman (b. 1945), Chicago’s husband, collaborated with Chicago on the Holocaust Project and also photographed many of her works.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Judy Chicago collection page.

Related collections:

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