Today is the birthday of feminist art pioneer, Judy Chicago. As an artist, Chicago has sought to master an array of artisan skills, pursuing needlework and textiles as well as welding and pyrotechnics. But her work remained content driven, with works like “The Dinner Party,” “The Birth Project,” and “The Holocaust Project” demonstrating her persistent exploration of issues surrounding childbirth, female sexuality, and death.
Chicago is aslo well-known for founding the first feminist art program in the United States while working as a teacher at Fresno State College in the early 1970s. Today, her non-profit organization, Through the Flower, continues to provide public education on the importance of art as a tool for showcasing women’s achievements, and works to maintain a “living curriculum” for feminist art. In honor of her birthday, we asked Chicago some questions about the role of female artists today and the impact her work has had on the trajectory of the art world. Scroll down for images of Judy Chicago’s work.
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