Women Art Revolution | Chicago Reader

Women Art Revolution

Narrative filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson (Strange Culture, Teknolust, Conceiving Ada) turns to documentary with this 2010 overview of American women artists since the late 1960s. Prominent among these are conceptual artist Judy Chicago and painter Miriam Schapiro, who founded the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts in 1970 in response to the reigning aesthetic of minimalism and the slighting of female artists by museums and academia. Their polemical slant was evident in Chicago's controversial installation The Dinner Party and also influenced performance art, which was well suited to politicizing the female body. Contrasting with the ferment of the times, the film is orderly and rather subdued, but it's an excellent introduction to a movement that produced artists as diverse as Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and Miranda July.

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  • Lynn Hershman Leeson

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  • Lynn Hershman Leeson

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