Feminist art moves into the spotlight this year, with two major exhibitions and a housewarming for â€œThe Dinner Partyâ€
by Michele Kort
â€œBe careful what you wish 40 years for,â€ says Judy Chicago.
The famed feminist artist isnâ€™t complaining, just noting all the hard work thatâ€™s gone into a remarkable occasion: This spring, her iconic 1979 art piece â€œThe Dinner Partyâ€ will be permanently enshrined at the Brooklyn Museum.
And thatâ€™s not all. â€œThe Dinner Partyâ€ will serve as centerpiece for the museumâ€™s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Yes, an elite American art institutionâ€”Greek-pillared portico and allâ€”has recognized an art genre that, over the past several decades, has been too often disparaged and too rarely feted. Moreover, the Sackler Center will also showcase the exhibition â€œGlobal Feminisms,â€ opening March 23â€”a survey of 86 women artists from nearly 50 countries who carry feminist concerns into their work.
As if that were still not enough, the exhibition â€œWack! Art of the Feminist Revolutionâ€ will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles on March 4, unearthing the roots and shoots of international feminist art from 1965 to 1980.
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