Judy Chicago doesn’t mince words. “In the ’60s and ’70s, you had to paint like you were a white guy if you wanted to show your work,” says the artist, whose 1979 feminist masterpiece, The Dinner Party, features the lady bits of historical and mythical women served up on supper plates.
The “vagina china,” as Chicago has been known to call it, earned her equal parts fame and derision when it was produced, with many established figures in the art world labeling it “vulgar” and “crass.” Says Chicago, “I was completely unprepared for the controversy. People are now saying I was way ahead of my time. But for many years my art was considered shit. It was devastating to be misperceived.”
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” a major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist. This exhibition highlights Chicago’s iconographic transition from abstraction to figuration, and explores the ways in which the artist’s strong feminist voice transforms our understanding of modernism and its traditions.
Here is the video from Exhibition, by our art blogger @sashahartnyc :