Judy Chicago – Illuminated Letter for Anna van Schurman
Dimensions: 12.25 x 16.5″ framed / 7.25 x 11.5″ unframed
Medium: ink, gouache, and prismacolor on paper
Judy Chicago’s artworks are found in the permanent collections of the world’s top museums. This illuminated letter is a preparatory drawing for Anna van Schurman’s place setting at Judy Chicago’s most iconic work: The Dinner Party. The Dinner Party has been deemed “the most important work of Feminist Art in the history of art” and is permanently housed in its own dedicated gallery at The Brooklyn Museum. The work is a collaboration between Judy Chicago and women needleworkers throughout the country, and this drawing shows Chicago’s notes for this work. Anna van Schurman was the first woman to attend university in Europe, and she wrote poetry and made art, as well as defending women’s right to education. Gloria Steinem, upon introducing her long time friend as she was being honored by the Hammer Museum, famously said she could define art history as before and after Judy Chicago. There are numerous monographs and books about Judy Chicago, including the most recent monograph published by National Museum of Women in the Arts. Art historians and curators can search the Judy Chicago Portal, which combines her archives at Harvard, Penn State, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2020 Judy Chicago completed a widely acclaimed collaboration with Dior Couture in Paris, in which her Female Divine monumental sculpture was erected outside the Rodin Museum in Paris and housed her banners posing the question “What if Women Ruled the World?” Read more about why Dior invited her to collaborate with them to champion female is an iconic image by Judy Chicago, who is one of the most important contemporary artists of the last 100 years.