Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago ( born July 20, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois ) is an feminist artist and writer.


Born as Judith Cohen, she grew up in Chicago in a family with strong Jewish-American tradition, but was brought up by her worldly union involved parents. Your financial statements with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts she graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is currently working as artistic director of the Flower, a non-profit arts organization that she founded in the context of her artistic work in 1978. Her current husband is the photographer Donald Woodman.

Artistic work

Woman House (1972 )

In 1971, together with Miriam Schapiro Chicago the CalArts Feminist Art Program for the California Institute of the Arts. They were the organizers of one of the first feminist art exhibitions, Woman House, until 28 February 1972. Stood on 30 January in the center of the exhibition, as a parody of social stereotypes that domestic work of women. Revenue from the sale of various works of art included in a feminist art program. The exhibition consisted of installations and performance in a 17- räumigen abandoned house in Hollywood. In the process of art creation key concepts of feminism as cooperation and awareness have been implemented. The aim of exhibitors interior was to actively promote art that represents female experience at the center.

The Dinner Party (1974-1979)

Internationally known Judy Chicago was involved with their work The Dinner Party, at the hundreds of volunteers. The well-documented in books work has been housed since 2007 at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The main part, a tribute to the history of women, consists of 39 plates on a triangular table. Each dish is designed to correspond to the various anatomical variations of the vulva and her poetic description as a flower to match the characteristic cultural contribution or identification mark of the invitees. The 39Sitzplätze in this fictional dinner of the mythical and the historical real women are assigned to the three sides thematically:

  • The first page with a number of goddesses of prehistory, to Hypatia in the time of the Roman Empire, illustrates the precursor and the appear of antiquity to their resolution.
  • The second page with the number of Marcella ( 325-410 ), a saint of the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church, to Anna Maria von Schurmann ( 1607-1678 ), illustrates the influence of Christianity until the Reformation.
  • The third page of the series of Anne Hutchinson ( 1591-1643 ) to Georgia O'Keeffe ( 1887-1986 ) covers the time from the American Revolution to the first and second wave and second wave of the feminist revolution.

1 Primordial Goddess ( Gaia, Nyx, Ananke, Hemera, Thalassa ) 2 goddess of fertility 3 Ištar 4 Kali 5 Cretan " Snake Goddess " Asasara 6 Sophia 7 Amazons 8 Hatshepsut 9 Judit 10 Sappho 11 Aspasia 12 Boudicca 13 Hypatia

14 Marcella 15 Bridget of Sweden 16 Theodora 17 Hrotsvit ( Roswitha from Gander Home ) 18 Trotula 19 Eleanor of Aquitaine 20 Hildegard of Bingen 21 Petronilla de Meath 22 Christine de Pizan 23 Isabella d'Este 24 Elizabeth I of England 25 Artemisia Gentileschi 26 Anna Maria Schürmann

27 Anne Hutchinson 28 Sacajawea 29 Caroline Herschel 30 Mary Wollstonecraft 31 Sojourner Truth 32 Susan B. Anthony 33 Elizabeth Blackwell 34 Emily Dickinson 35 Ethel Smyth 36 Margaret Sanger 37 Natalie Barney 38 Virginia Woolf 39 Georgia O'Keeffe

The names of other 999 mythical and historical women are held at 2300 below the table triangular floor tiles.

Other Projects

The Birth Project 1980-1985 led all over the United States together a network of trained textile workers. The Holocaust Project 1993, the German genocide of the Jews has been associated with the universal experience of the vulnerability of human beings. Resolutions from 1994 returned thematically back to feminism.

  • Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist ( 1975)
  • The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage (1979 )
  • Embroidering Our Heritage: The Dinner Party Needlework (1980 )
  • The Birth Project ( 1985)
  • Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light ( 1993)
  • The Dinner Party (1996 )
  • Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist ( 1996)
  • Fragments from the Delta of Venus (2004)
  • Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours ( 2005)