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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.

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Beyond the flower :
ISBN: 0140232974. OCLC Number: 33335517

Viking,. .

Anais Nin heralded the first volume of Judy Chicago's autobiography, Through the Flower, as "remarkable" and "invaluable for all women." Now, twenty years on, Chicago takes us Beyond the Flower, lifting the veil of the international public persona she has become since her influential work The Dinner Party, and revealing her very personal struggles as an artist and a woman in late-twentieth-century America. With the same intense intimacy and unabashed probing of issues of gender, power, and history that characterize her monumental works of art and made Through the Flower a classic in the literature of women and the arts, she asks hard questions about the role of art in our culture. Judy Chicago's contagious and affirmative energy suffuses Beyond the Flower, and this volume will excite and provoke dialogue among feminists, art lovers, and talented women rising through the ranks of any profession - or now taking stock of their lives.

Embroidering our heritage :
ISBN: 0385145691. OCLC Number: 6278193

Anchor Books,. .

Frida Kahlo :
ISBN: 3791343602. OCLC Number: 630456758

Prestel,. .

This volume examines the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). The authors present Kahlo's story through their interpretations of and their commentary about 100 of Kahlo's paintings. They explore Kahlo's many faces -- woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration. The authors discuss how Kahlo's work fits in with some of the major themes of women's art throughout the 20th century, including gender, the body, relationships, the self, pain, pride, and culture.

Holocaust project :
ISBN: 0670842125. OCLC Number: 27145289

Penguin Books,. .

Judy Chicago :
ISBN: 0940114259. OCLC Number: 43906952

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The Birth Project is a celebration of birth, but it also shows the anxiety, agony of labor, ambivalence of emotions in pregnancy, and other aspects of birth and feminist goals. Judy Chicago has created a mode of art to reveal how women feel about birth and life. -- Vytas Babusis, page 3.

Kitty city :
ISBN: 0060595817. OCLC Number: 55738052

Harper Design,. .

The birth project /
ISBN: 0385187106. OCLC Number: 11159627

Doubleday,. .

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. Between 1980 - 1985, Judy Chicago designed dozens of images on the subject of birth and creation to be embellished by needleworkers around the United States, Canada and as far away as New Zealand. Formatted into provocative exhibition units which included both needleworks and documentary materials, these works toured the country and Canada, eventually placed by 'Through the Flower' in numerous institutions where they are on public view or used as part of university curricula. Prior to the Birth Project, few images of birth existed in Western art, a puzzling omission as birth is a central focus of many women's lives and a universal experience of all humanity - as everyone is born. Seeking to fill this void, Judy Chicago created multiple images of birth to be realized through needlework, a visually rich medium which has been ignored or trivialized by the mainstream art community.

The dinner party :
ISBN: 1858943701. OCLC Number: 76365461

Merrell,. .

"Judy Chicago's internationally acclaimed installation 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 work honors 1038 iconic, mythical, archetypal, and historical women. This, the most definitive book to be published on Chicago's masterwork, reveals the visual and intellectual scope of the installation more fully than ever before, supported by new photography, documentary images, and the artist's expanded research into the history of the women represented."--Jacket.

The dinner party :
ISBN: 0385145675. OCLC Number: 4490367

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Book documenting the making of Dinner Party, an installation which opened at San Francisco Museum of Art, 16 March - 17 June 1979 and was circulated by Through the Flower.

Women and art :
ISBN: 1902328442. OCLC Number: 58047983

Eagle Editions,. .