Judy Chicago & Womanhouse – A blend of shelter & social practice

I became interested in Judy Chicago after I saw her installation piece The Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum a few years back. Womanhouse, touted as the first pieces of feminist installation art, was Chicago’s 1972 collaboration with Miriam Shapiro (and their students at CCA) and seemed like an intriguing blend of installation, performance space, and shelter.

The house itself was an abandoned space in Hollywood that was condemned by the city of Los Angeles. Chicago, Shapiro & their students spent the winter refurbishing the space and preparing it for exhibition. Womanhouse became a space where the artists could ruminate on the woman’s role in a domestic context.

Judy Chicago, Menstruation Bathroom

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Kathy Huberland, Bridal Staircase

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Mike

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