Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-14
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Feminist Art Program that was set up by Judy Chicago at CSU Fresno in 1970 was arguably the most important event giving rise to the Feminist Art Movement in the United States. Those first fifteen students left that program and went on to influence American art in cities across the country. Entering the Pictureexplores and critically appraises the first four decades of the feminist art movement, from its foundational moments in Fresno, to Los Angeles and New York, including subsequent feminist art institutions and collaborative projects created in these cities and beyond. This interdisciplinary collection of both previously published and original essays by established and emerging feminist artists, art historians, and cultural studies experts provides a historical and theoretical context for the work of these women, and together, these essays offer points of connection that develop narrative linkages and conceptual frameworks for understanding what happened in the art world in the 1970s. The book includes a color insert, paid for by a grant from CSU Fresno, which showcases the work of these artists, both past and present.

Author Biography

Jill Fields is Professor of History at California State University, Fresno. She is the author of An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality.

Table of Contents

List of Plates and Figuresp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Emerging: Views from the Peripheryp. 23
Becoming Judy Chicago: Feminist Classp. 25
Collaboration and Conflict in the Fresno Feminist Art Program: An Experiment in Feminist Pedagogyp. 45
Reflections on the First Feminist Art Programp. 64
Interview with Suzanne Lacyp. 78
The First Feminist Art Program: A View from the 1980sp. 87
Feminist Art Education: Made in Californiap. 101
Re-Centering: Theory and Practicep. 117
Abundant Evidence: Black Women Artists of the 1960s and 1970sp. 119
"Teaching to Transgress": Rita Yokoi and the Fresno Feminist Art Programp. 132
Joyce Aiken: Thirty Years of Feminist Art and Pedagogy in Fresnop. 145
"Your Vagina Smells Fine Now Naturally"p. 158
A Collective History: Las Mujeres Muralistasp. 161
The Women Artists' Cooperative Space as a Site for Social Change: Artemisia Gallery, Chicago (1973-1979)p. 171
Salon Women of the Second Wave: Honoring the Great Matrilineage of Creators of Culturep. 184
The New York Feminist Art Institute, 1979-1990p. 202
Our Journey to the New York Feminist Art Institutep. 213
Picturing: Transformationp. 227
How I Became a Chicana Feminist Artistp. 229
Searching for Catalyst and Empowerment: The Asian American "Women Artists Association, 1989-Presentp. 241
Notes of a Dubious Daughter: My Unfinished Journey Toward Feminismp. 257
"The Way Things Are": Curating Place as Feminist Practice in American Indian Women's Artp. 267
Marginal Discourse and Pacific Rim Women's Artsp. 283
Curatorial Practice as Collaboration in the United States and Italyp. 293
Feminist Activist Art Pedagogy: Unleashed and Engagedp. 312
List of Contributorsp. 327
Permission Acknowledgmentsp. 333
Indexp. 335
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