“Judy Chicago originally Judy Cohen: (b.1939) U.S. multimedia artist. She studied at CULA, and in 1970 she adopted the name of her hometown. Motivated by perceived discrimination in the art world and alienation from Western art traditions, she developed the concepts of ‘vaginal iconography’ and ‘central core’ imagery. Her most memorable work, The Dinner Party (1974-79), is a triangular table with place settings for 39 important women represented by ceramic plates with feminine imagery and table runners embellished with embroidery styles typical of their eras. In 1973 she cofounded the Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman’s Building in Los Angeles.”
Excerpted from: Stevens, Mark A., Ed. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 2000.