Judy Chicago and How Her Art Helped Contribute to the Feminist Movement
Beginning in the late 1960s, her inquiry into the margins of history where women’s lives remain is a result of her desire to expose the truth of women’s shrouded experience, past and present. Women, for the most part, have been written out of history and the canon of art history. Their accomplishments, personalities, heroic stories, creative expressions, and struggles have been rendered irrelevant and secondary compared to the Europhallocentric point of view that history, culture, and society has succumbed to. Through an art practice that is informed by these injustices, Chicago has created works and a paralleling iconography that serve to express women’s essence, experience, and aesthetics, as well as the burgeoning goals of Feminism in the 1970s
Many of the artists also created performances that took place within Womanhouse to further address the relationship between women and the home.
Chicago, Judy. “The Dinner Party.” 1974-79. Photo. http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/spring07/sp2007exh_03.htm. 30 Nov. 2009.
Chicago, Judy. “Menstruation Bathroom.” 1973. Photo. http://feministartrevolution.blogspot.com/2007/12/womanhouse-1973.html. 30 Nov.2009.
Chicago, Judy. “Rainbow Pickett.” 1965. Photo.http://www.lewallencontemporary.com/judychicago. 30 Nov. 2009.
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