This conversation between Judy Chicago, The Women’s Art League, and Hana Leaper, filmed by Jonathan Law at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, will be published in early 2018.
The participants will discuss the Famous Women Dinner Service in relation to contemporary artworks, focusing on The Dinner Party (Judy Chicago, 1974–79) and Vagina China (The Women’s Art League, 2016–present).
Questions explored will include: the role of hospitality and domesticity in feminist art projects; the evolution of iconography as it relates to aesthetic freedom and the visibility of women and their bodies; the strategies of shared authorship and collective practice; and what each of the artworks discussed offers their respective eras in terms of confronting taboos associated with women and their histories.
About the authors
Judy Chicago is an artist, author of fourteen books, educator, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s right to freedom of expression. Chicago is most well-known for her role in creating a Feminist art and art education program in California during the early 1970’s, and for her monumental work The Dinner Party, executed between 1974–79, which is now the centrepiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
The Women's Art League is a hub for women artists, business owners, and organizations for you to champion, connect with, and support. These women inspire us and are making a difference in the world. The project is a collaboration between artists and activists Julie Maren and Joy Alice Eisenhauer.
Joy Alice Eisenhauer graduated with a BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a ceramicist, educator, art director and mother who utilises the power of art to deepen our connection to our bodies, ourselves, and each other. She believes in the vital role that art plays in shaping thought and engaging in deeper questions that ignite conversation.
Carmen Hermo is Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and curated Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making, 20 October 2017 – 4 March 2018.
Dr Hana Leaper was the Paul Mellon Centre Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for three years between 2014–17. In 2014 she was amongst the first scholars to work on the Angelica Garnett Gift at Charleston. She was subsequently commissioned to contribute catalogue essays for the Vanessa Bell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2017 (‘Between London and Paris’), and for the Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings touring exhibition beginning at Tate St Ives in February 2018 ('From Inheritance to Legacy: Virginia Woolf’s place within networks of women creatives'). She is currently John Moores Painting Prize Senior Lecturer and Development Manager, an embedded post based at Liverpool John Moores University.
Jonathan Law is a filmmaker, researcher and lecturer who works with the Centre on a freelance basis. As Research Fellow and Filmmaker, Jonathan is responsible for developing and producing collaborative research-led film content for the Paul Mellon Centre’s research publications and for special public screenings. Some of his recent work includes The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation With Contemporary Art (2019, 17min), The Atmospherics of Leighton House (2018, 6min) and short films for the award-winning digital publication The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018 (2018, various duration).
Amongst other current projects Jonathan is currently developing a film, with Rosie Ram and Mark Hallett, on the collage of Nigel Henderson, for display as part of the Tate Britain display Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage (opening December 2019). Jonathan regularly contributes peer-reviewed film content to British Art Studies, the PMC’s award-winning, open-access online research journal.
Jonathan has produced films for institutions including the Yale Center for British Art (on the work of artists George Shaw and Nicola Hicks), Tate (on Barbara Hepworth), and the Heong Gallery at Cambridge University (on British modernist painting). His films have been screened at Tate Liverpool, the Esker Foundation in Calgary, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz and at the Culture Capital Exchange Inside/Out festival in London.
Jonathan was recently Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and has also taught Essay Filmmaking (The Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck College), Media and Film Production (University of West London), History and Philosophy of Photography (University of Kent), and Art History, Criticism and Communication (Central Saint Martins). Jonathan also delivered lectures and exhibition tours for ten years at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Jonathan’s scholarly research has been particularly focused on cinema and multisensory culture. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Art from the University of Kent, a PGCHE from the University of Kent, an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium (University of London) and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Wolverhampton.
- 30 November 2017
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- Judy Chicago, The Women’s Art League, Carmen Hermo and others, "The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation with Contemporary Art", British Art Studies, Issue 7, https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-07/dinnerparty