Feminist Art or Just Art?

 The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, 1974-79,  Brooklyn Museum 

There are two exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC right now that were organized by the Brooklyn Museum. They are a show featuring the work of artist Judy Chicago, often label as a Feminist, but naturally as labels go, she is that and so much more. The exhibition entitled Judy Chicago Circa '75 runs now through April 13th.

 Detail from The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

 The second exhibition also organized by the Brooklyn Museum is an show called "Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts. This exhibition examines quilts, which are historically considered craft and women's handicrafts rather than outlets for creative expression. This show focuses on the limited outlets for creativity for women for hundreds of years and looks at these as a reflection of the artists, as well as utilitarian objects. The exhibition runs through April 27th.
“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts - See more at: http://www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/%E2%80%9Cworkt-hand%E2%80%9D#sthash.ahnYRAz5.dpuf
“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts - See more at: http://www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/%E2%80%9Cworkt-hand%E2%80%9D#sthash.ahnYRAz5.dpuf

Elizabeth Welsh of Virginia, Medallion Quilt, ca. 1830; Brooklyn Museum - See more at: http://www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/%E2%80%9Cworkt-hand%E2%80%9D#sthash.ahnYRAz5.dpuf
 Elizabeth Welsh of Virginia, Medallion Quilt, c. 1830, Brooklyn Museum
Elizabeth Welsh of Virginia, Medallion Quilt, ca. 1830; Brooklyn Museum - See more at: http://www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/%E2%80%9Cworkt-hand%E2%80%9D#sthash.ahnYRAz5.dpuf