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The front page of the exhibition catalog for “Womanhouse” (January 30 – February 28, 1972), feminist art exhibition organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program.

Deliberately Feminist is a tribute to the feminist artists of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Their work sought to include women’s perspectives and interrupt the male-dominated society and culture. In parallel to the second-wave of feminism, feminist art created spaces and dialogue for women that previously had not existed and challenged stereotypes with the goal of a more inclusive and equitable society for women.

When Linda Nochlin’s essay “Why Are There No Great Female Artists?” was published in 1971, it aggrandized that women’s experiences in art had previously been ignored. Nochlin’s essay was a call to arms for the art world to recognize the need for ‘Great Female Artists’. Feminist art is less of a style and more of a way of using various mediums and ideas to explore gender, identity and form.