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Judy Chicago

A pioneer of the feminist art movement, Judy Chicago is an artist, feminist, writer, educator, and intellectual whose career has spanned five decades. 

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Striving to create an environment in which women artists could express themselves freely without regard to an art world dominated by males, she taught the first women's art class at Fresno State College in 1969, cofounded the first feminist art program in the United States at the California Institute of the Arts in 1970, and cofounded the Feminist Studio Workshop, the first independent feminist art program in the country in 1973. Her best-known artwork, The Dinner Party, is one of the 20th century’s most iconic installations. A spokesperson for the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change, Chicago's works, which also include the Birth Project, Powerplay, The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time, are powerful examinations of the role of women in history and culture.

NOTE: In June 2017, the Schlesinger Library began a multiyear project to digitize the Papers of Judy Chicago (MC 502), portions of the Additional Papers of Judy Chicago (MC 909), the Audiotape Collection of Judy Chicago (T-319), and the Videotape Collection of Judy Chicago (VT-122). Some material in these collections will be closed during digitization, including items relating to The Birth Project.

Consult the catalog record for updated closure information. Ask a Schlesinger librarian if you have any questions.


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