This conversation between Judy Chicago, The Women’s Art League, and Hana Leaper, filmed by Jonathan Law at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, will be published in early 2018.
The participants will discuss the Famous Women Dinner Service in relation to contemporary artworks, focusing on The Dinner Party (Judy Chicago, 1974–79) and Vagina China (The Women’s Art League, 2016–present).
Questions explored will include: the role of hospitality and domesticity in feminist art projects; the evolution of iconography as it relates to aesthetic freedom and the visibility of women and their bodies; the strategies of shared authorship and collective practice; and what each of the artworks discussed offers their respective eras in terms of confronting taboos associated with women and their histories.
About the authors
Judy Chicago is an artist, author of fourteen books, educator, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s right to freedom of expression. Chicago is most well-known for her role in creating a Feminist art and art education program in California during the early 1970’s, and for her monumental work The Dinner Party, executed between 1974–79, which is now the centrepiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
The Women's Art League is a hub for women artists, business owners, and organizations for you to champion, connect with, and support. These women inspire us and are making a difference in the world. The project is a collaboration between artists and activists Julie Maren and Joy Alice Eisenhauer.
Julie Maren is a visual artist living in Boulder, Colorado. Her creative path has led her to work in painting, installation, stone carving, textile design, and most recently, in ceramics. She is passionate about using art as a way to celebrate and empower women, and believes in the transformative power of art to challenge conventional thinking.
Joy Alice Eisenhauer graduated with a BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a ceramicist, educator, art director and mother who utilises the power of art to deepen our connection to our bodies, ourselves, and each other. She believes in the vital role that art plays in shaping thought and engaging in deeper questions that ignite conversation.
Carmen Hermo is Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and curated Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making, 20 October 2017 – 4 March 2018.
Dr Hana Leaper was the Paul Mellon Centre Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for three years between 2014–17. In 2014 she was amongst the first scholars to work on the Angelica Garnett Gift at Charleston. She was subsequently commissioned to contribute catalogue essays for the Vanessa Bell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2017 (‘Between London and Paris’), and for the Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings touring exhibition beginning at Tate St Ives in February 2018 ('From Inheritance to Legacy: Virginia Woolf’s place within networks of women creatives'). Beginning in 2018 she will take up the role of John Moores Painting Prize Senior Lecturer and Development Manager, an embedded post based at Liverpool John Moores University.
Jonathan Law is Research Fellow and Filmmaker at the Paul Mellon Centre
- 30 November 2017
- Look First
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- Peer Reviewed (Editorial Group)
- CC BY-NC International 4.0
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- Judy Chicago, The Women’s Art League, Carmen Hermo and others, "The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation with Contemporary Art", British Art Studies, Issue 7, https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-07/dinnerparty