Judy Chicago art education collection, 1970-2011

PSUA 9028

Collection Overview

Title:
Judy Chicago art education collection
Dates (Inclusive):
1970-2011
Creator:
Chicago, Judy (Judy Chicago)
Abstract:
Judy Chicago is a noted feminist artist, author, and educator. This collection consists of textual, photographic, graphic, and audio-visual materials related to her art and pedagogy, including The Dinner Party Curriculum.
Collection Number:
PSUA 9028
Size:
12.42 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Judy Chicago (1939-) is a noted feminist artist, author, and educator. She was born in Chicago as Judy Cohen, but later changed her name in protest of the male social dominance reflected by traditional naming practices. Chicago received her bachelor of art degree in 1962 and her master of art degree in 1964, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also been granted five honorary doctoral degrees, three in fine arts and two in humane letters. She currently resides in Belen, New Mexico. Chicago pioneered a feminist approach to art and art education at California State University, Fresno, in the early 1970s. 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 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women's history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party, which was executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. Other artwork Chicago produced over the next several decades includes: Birth Project; PowerPlay; The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light; Resolutions: A Stitch in Time; If Women Ruled the World; and Judy Chicago Tapestries Woven by Audrey Cowan. Chicago has also worked with her husband, photographer Donald Woodman, to develop various community and inter-institutional art projects. Her art is marked by an attention to process, collaboration, and a feminist analytical viewpoint. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and featured in international publications as well. In 1999, Chicago returned to teaching with a succession of appointments at various institutions around the United States, including: Indiana University, Bloomington; Duke University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Western Kentucky University; and Vanderbilt University. Chicago is the author of numerous books, including two autobiographies:  Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist, 1975, and  Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist, 1996. She has also received many honors, from National Endowment of the Arts grants in 1976 and 1977 to the Visionary Woman Award from the Moore College of Art and Design in 2004 and the 38th Governor's Award for Excellence from New Mexico in 2011.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of textual, photographic, graphic, and audio-visual materials related to Judy Chicago's art and pedagogy. The Dinner Party Curriculum materials document the development of the project's workshop and website and include color photographs, manuscript drafts, correspondence, and a plate and runner for instructional purposes (1997-2011). Envisioning the Future materials include slides of the exhibit installations, performance, and lectures, along with correspondence and class materials (1999-2008). Materials from At Home: A Kentucky Project include framed artwork, textual records, slides, scanned images, and large scale models used for instruction (2001-2008). Also included are textual and audio-visual materials from courses taught at Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, and Duke University (1994-2007), and videotapes and slides documenting the Fresno Feminist Art Program (1970-1971) and the New York Feminist Art Institute.

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Administrative Information

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Judy Chicago Art Education collection, PSUA 9028, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Note

This collection was a gift of Judy Chicago in 2011.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Special Collections staff.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Additional information about the Judy Chicago Art Education collection can be found at https://judychicago.arted.psu.edu/. A separate collection of Judy Chicago Papers are housed at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard: https://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/findingAidDisplay?_collection=oasis&inoid=5405&histno=1 The Dinner Party artwork is held within the collections of the Brooklyn Museum at: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/dinner_party/ Other art education collections in the Penn State University Special Collections Library include: Alice M. Schwartz Papers, Art Education Department Records, Brent Wilson Papers, Grade School Teachers' Art Education Collection, Harold J. McWhinnie Art and Art Education Collection, Mabel Spofford Collection of Art Education Materials, National Art Education Association Records, Pennsylvania Art Education Association Records, Viktor Lowenfeld Seminar Records.

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Collection Inventory

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