WATCH: Artist Judy Chicago Talks to Her Younger Self


Some 40 years after she delivered a feminist lecture at Pomona College in 1970,  artist Judy Chicago – who would become famous for her seminal ’79 work “The Dinner Party” -returned to Pomona to talk to her younger self in a funny, contemplative lecture-performance that considers how her (and our) notions of what it means to be a woman artist have changed over the decades.

That was in 2011. Now 74 and working in Los Angeles, Chicago will be the subject of a retrospective of her early work in April at the Brooklyn Museum.

Watch the video (be patient – Chicago gets on a roll); then share your thoughts in the comments. What rings true?


  • Bernadette

    I have been waiting my entire adult life to be recognized as a FEMALE ARTIST–I WILL NEVER GIVE UP. It’s too much fun.Thank you for your path and
    commitment —

  • Judy S

    This resonates with me so deeply. I had the opposite childhood of Judy Chicago, i.e. as a girl, there were very few options for me and making art and being an artist was definitely not one of them. The result was that I never was able to pursue art until the last few years of my now long life. There is still a residue of taboo inside me that I continue to battle.

  • alston green

    I really enjoyed hearing this Judy Chicago presentation. I have always been impressed with her work since the “Dinner Party” was on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. She has always bee nan important artist— female with a strong point of view. The Holocaust Project as chilling and most memorable for it’s impactful imagery. She holds her place as an important artisan in American culture and the world at large.

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