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Interview with the creator of The Dinner Party, The Birth Project, and many other works. Judy Chicago, known as one of the founding mothers of the feminist art movement, talks about her struggles to find a personal voice in society as she reviews the current environment of new feminist artists today. What is it really like for a woman to have an art career? How can the women and the public at large support feminist art and get this artwork into museums? Chicago also goes over her support for Bitch Magazine as a clear outspoken voice for a new feminist generation. Interview produced by Kathleen Stephenson at KBOO-FM; artist’s statement from WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (www.moca.org/wack/)
WINGS – Women’s International News Gathering Service
Producer: Kathleen Stephenson at KBOO-FM
Date: April 28, 2010
Length: 28:37 min
Background: Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans four decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to thousands of readers worldwide.
In the early seventies after a decade of professional art practice, Chicago pioneered Feminist Art and art education through a unique program for women at California State University, Fresno, a pedagogical approach that she has continued to develop over the years. She then brought her program to Cal-Arts, where she team-taught with Miriam Schapiro, producing with their students the ground-breaking Womanhouse project. In 2009, California State University, Fresno hosted an exhibition entitled “A Studio of Their Own: The Legacy of the Fresno Feminist Experiment” in which the work of the very first Feminist Art program students, with whom Chicago worked closely, was showcased.
For over five decades, Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change and to women’s right to engage in the highest level of art production. As a result, she has become a symbol for people everywhere, known and respected as an artist, writer, teacher, 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.
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