Former IU professor Judy Chicago to give visiting artist lecture at IUPUI

Trailblazing artist and former IU Bloomington professor Judy Chicago will speak at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design this week.

Judy Chicago and the Dinner Party

Artist Judy Chicago and “The Dinner Party.”

She’ll deliver a lecture “Surveying Judy Chicago: An Artist’s Career” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis. Her talk is the fifth Jane Fortune Outstanding Woman Visiting Artist Lecture.

A pioneer in feminist art, an educator and an influencer of thought throughout the world, Chicago expresses herself in mediums as varied as needlework and glass.

But she’s perhaps best known for her 1979 work, “The Dinner Party,” an installation piece that represents a purposely chosen group of real and mythical women through exquisitely constructed individual place settings, which catapulted her into national controversy and feminist art into national consciousness. In 2007, the Brooklyn Museum installed the piece in its permanent collection.

Chicago taught at IU’s Bloomington campus back in 1999 through a presidential appointment in art and gender studies.

Don’t know much about Chicago? Check out this fantastic illustrated career history on her website.

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