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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judy Chicago  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Judy Chicago was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judy Chicago is an author, educator and artist whose career now spans over fifty years. She is considered one of the earliest organizers of the 1970s women's movement in art and has remained a high-profile, controversial multimedia feminist artist.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Dinner Party: A Symbol of our Heritage
ISBN: 0385145675

Anchor. 1979

approx 8x11 size.

Embroidering Our Heritage: The Dinner Party Needlework
ISBN: 0385145691

Doubleday. 1980

The Birth Project
ISBN: 0385187106

Doubleday. 1985

Fifty full-color and 350 black-and-white photographs illustrate the Birth Project exhibit, conceived by Judy Chicago, based on nearly one hundred of her works, and needleworked by women across the country

Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light
ISBN: 0670842125

Viking. 1993

Forty pages of full-color artwork, black-and-white photographs, and four gatefold spreads mark an account of the creation of Judy Chicago's powerful evocation of the horror of the Holocaust in a work of art called Holocaust Project.

Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist
ISBN: 0140232974

Penguin Books. 1997

This detailed portrait of the evolution of internationally renowned artist, writer, and feminist Judy Chicago--creator of The Dinner Party and Holocaust Project--lifts the veil of the public persona she has become and reveals Chicago's personal struggles as an artist and feminist in late 20th-century America of photos. of color plates.

WOMEN AND ART. Contested Territory.
ISBN: 1902328442

Eagle Editions. Hertfordshire.. 2004

WOMEN AND ART. Contested Territory. [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2004] Chicago, Judy and Edward Lucie-Smith

Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours
ISBN: 0060595817

Harper Design. 2005

You may think you know Judy Chicago -- but it's time to take another look. Kitty City is a celebration of Chicago's life with these delightfully independent creatures. With a lavish design that evokes a contemporary version of illuminated manuscripts, Chicago tells this charming real-life story by adapting the concept of the Book of Hours, which first gained popularity in the early 1400's as intricately illustrated private devotional books, containing texts and prayers for each hour of the day -- meant to inspire and provide points of reflection for their owners.

Cat lovers will recognize the familiar routine. The day begins with "6 A.M: Cat Alarm Clocks" and quickly moves to "7 A.M: Chowtime" and "8 A.M: Kitty Clean Up." The cycle continues through snacks and grooming, naps and play before ending with "5 AM: Home is Where the Cat Is." Interspersed amount these hourly activities are thought-provoking "Feline Fact" pages as well as vignettes that highlight a number of the kitty companions that Chicago has lived with since the early 60's when she adopted her first stray kitten.

With exquisite full-color illustrations throughout -- including 36 new Judy Chicago watercolors created for this project -- Kitty City is breathtaking art in an exquisite package, a companion to be treasured by cat lovers and art aficionados everywhere.

The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation
ISBN: 1858943701

Merrell Publishers. 2006

Judy Chicago’s masterpiece The Dinner Party is a monumental work of art conceived as a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. Strategically countering the traditional erasure of women’s achievements, this epic installation honours 1038 iconic, mythical, archetypal and historical women. This, the most definitive book to be published on Chicago’s masterwork, reveals more fully than ever before the art and the artist’s expanded research into the rich history embodied in the installation. In lively contextualizing sections, Chicago discusses the creative genesis of The Dinner Party, the technical processes involved, and the work’s early – often hostile – reception by the art world, and its subsequent preservation and permanent exhibition.

Frida Kahlo: Face to Face
ISBN: 3791343602

Prestel. 2010

At once deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo is curated by the prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago, who helped introduce American audiences to Kahlo's paintings. For decades Judy Chicago has worked tirelessly to ensure that women's artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. In this sumptuous, large format book, she turns her attention to the work of Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most revered female painters. In this volume Chicago, together with her collaborator, art historian Frances Borzello, has handpicked a selection of Kahlo's work, a hundred portraits that speak to the full spectrum of women's experience. The result is a fascinating conversation between two artistic icons, one that is further enhanced by a dialogue between Chicago and Borzello, an authority on women's portraiture. The book features each work on its own spread, facing commentary by Chicago and Borzello. Essays explore Kahlo's many facets: woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration. Designed to evoke a Mexican retablo, or altarpiece, this volume reframes Frida Kahlo for a contemporary audience.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Judy presents lectures that are tailored to the needs of particular audiences. In addition, she also invites institutions to organize "Conversations" between her and public figures selected by the institution which can include visuals of her work to supplement the discussion. All lectures include a 20 minute question and answer period with the audience. For more information, please contact