In her Athenaeum lecture and slide presentation Chicago will explore the development of her vision of what it means to be a feminist artist by focusing on "The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage" (1979), "The Birth Project" (1985), and "The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light" (1993). Her renowned work "The Dinner Party," a multimedia installation that presents a symbolic history of women in Western civilization, traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Chicago celebrated birth and creation in Western art by designing a series of images for needlework called "The Birth Project." "The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light" is a culmination of eight years of inquiry, travel, study, and artistic production by Chicago and her husband Donald Woodman. This project combines Chicago's paintings and Woodman's photography with works in stained glass and tapestry. Chicago has published seven books, most recently Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist (1996). A retrospective of her work will open at the Florida State University Art Museum in 1999.
Judy Chicago's appearance at the Athenaeum is the first lecture in the series Artists and Inspirations.