But the phenomenon of cultural feminism came under extraordinary criticism in the late s and s Gerhard analyzes these divisions over whether cultural feminism was sufficiently activist in light of the shifting line separating liberalism from radicalism in posts America. She concludes with a chapter on the s, when The Dinner Party emerged as a target in political struggles over public funding for the arts, even as academic feminists denounced the piece for its alleged essentialism.
The Dinner Party
The path that The Dinner Party traveled-from inception to completion to tour to the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum -sheds light on the history of American feminism since and on the ways popular feminism in particular can illuminate important trends and transformations in the broader culture. I was moved when I saw Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at the Cyclorama in Boston in , and I was moved by Jane Gerhard's powerful cultural history of this iconic piece of feminist art and its creator. Gerhard broadens our understanding of that changing chameleon we call feminism, demonstrating how feminist ideas seep into popular culture and connect with a much broader swath of the population than would ever call themselves feminists.
In an era of museums mounting crowd-pleasing blockbusters, Judy Chicago did it first. This is a beautifully written account of Judy Chicago's iconic art installation The Dinner Party from its roots in early s feminism and Womanhouse to its reception among the establishment art world and general public to its continuing ability to generate enthusiasm, life-changing perspectives, anger, and debate.
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With her nuanced and very engaging study, Jane Gerhard has added tremendously to our understanding of the complexities and power of popular feminism. Magazine and the Power of Popular Feminism. This thoughtful history and analysis of Judy Chicago's 'feminist blockbuster,' The Dinner Party , its provocative relations with the art world, feminism, and popular culture, and eventual transformation from 'controversy to canonization,' gives second-wave feminists an opportunity to relive their turbulent roots while educating younger women-especially artists-about the struggle for rights and respect they take for granted.
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Title Details Pages: Trim size: 6. Add to. At once erudite and refreshingly accessible, Desiring Revolution provides the first full account of the unfolding of the feminist sexual revolution.
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