Mary Wollstonecraft Test Plate #8

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    The Brooklyn Museum, Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party, October 18, 1890 – February 1, 1981
    The Brooklyn Museum, Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party, September 20, 2002 – February 9, 2003
    The Brooklyn Museum, Judy Chicago: Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making, October 20, 2017 - March 4, 2018, p. 72
    Miami, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Judy Chicago: A Reckoning, December 4, 2018 – April 21, 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    Judy Chicago
    Born 1939, Chicago, Illinois

    1962 BA University of California, Los Angeles
    1992 MA Russell Sage College, Troy, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    National Museum of Women in The Arts, Washington, D.C. (2019); Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain (2016); Brooklyn Museum (2014); Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Le Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Quebec, Montreal (2010); National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2002); Pasadena Art Museum, California (1969)
    Selected honors: Visionary Woman Award, Moore College of Art and Design (2004); Woman Achievement of the World, Louisiana World Exposition (1984); Services to the Field Grant, National Endowment for the Arts (1976); Outstanding Woman of the Year, Mademoiselle Magazine (1973)
    Selected public collections: Albuquerque Museum; British Museum, London; Brooklyn Museum; J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New Mexico Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    This work is a test plate created by Judy Chicago for her installation The Dinner Party, 1974-1979, which is widely celebrated as a foundational work of feminist art and is now in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. One of thirty-nine place settings dedicated to women through history, it is dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), who authored A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792, a book that is regarded as the earliest and most important treatise advocating equality for women.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Test Plate #8

china paint on porcelain
14 x 14 x 3 in. (35.6 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm.)
Painted in 1975-1978.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019