let’s raise a glass to: Vagina-china

Featured Image // ARTIST Judy Chicago TITLE The Dinner Party (overview) DATE 1974-79 MATERIAL Mixed-media installation SIZE Each of the three sides of The Dinner Party is 48 ft long; plates are 14″ in diameter; overall size of each runner is 56″ x 30″; each runner front and runner back measures 13″ x 30″ DESCRIPTION Photo by Donald Woodman COLLECTION Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art; Collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art SOURCE ©Judy Chicago, http://www.judychicago.com

Judy Chicago began her career painting at U.C.L.A., in 1957. After facing discrimination from male artists and critics, she took her anger and channelled the misogyny into her work. Her painting and subject matter evolved to represent the female form and a provocative commentary on feminist perspectives. What began with a series of biographical portraits in 1972 titled “Great Ladies”, lead to adding text to her works, which lead to studying the craft of china painting.

The Dinner Party is comprised of 39 place settings personalized for mythical and historical famous women. It is regarded as the first major feminist artwork and embraced the notion of female power channeled through embroidered runners, hand painted china and embellished vulvas.

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ARTIST Judy Chicago TITLE Virginia Woolf placesetting from The Dinner Party DATE 1974-79 MATERIAL Mixed-media installation SIZE Each of the three sides of The Dinner Party is 48 ft long; plates are 14″ in diameter; overall size of each runner is 56″ x 30″; each runner front and runner back measures 13″ x 30″ DESCRIPTION Photo by Donald Woodman COLLECTION Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art; Collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art SOURCE ©Judy Chicago, http://www.judychicago.com

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TITLE Judy Chicago and The Dinner Party at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, 2007 DATE 2007 MATERIAL (photograph) PHOTO BY Donald Woodman Collection SOURCE ©Judy Chicago, http://www.judychicago.com

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