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 rights 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 – 1979, which is the centerpiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Over the subsequent decades, Chicago has approached a variety of subjects in a range of media, including the Birth Project, PowerPlay, the Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, Resolutions: A Stitch in Time. Most recently she completed The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, which will be premiered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Fall 2019, shortly after the publication of a major monograph. Chicago’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. Her continued influence has been increasingly acknowledged; as recently evidenced by her inclusion in Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2018.
Her work is in the collections of the British Museum, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), National Gallery (Washington DC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Getty Trust and Getty Research Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and over 25 university art museums such as Brandeis, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Michigan, UCLA, Canterbury (New Zealand) and Cambridge (UK).