Resources

We are building a collection of library and archive resources that enrich the study of women and art. Send suggestions to moderator@womenandart.arlisna.org

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Fields, Jill. Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists. New York: Routledge, 2012.

In 1970, Judy Chicago and fifteen students founded the groundbreaking Feminist Art Program (FAP) at Fresno State. Drawing upon the consciousness-raising techniques of the women’s liberation movement, they created shocking new art forms depicting female experiences. Collaborative work and performance art – including the famous ‘Cunt Cheerleaders’ – were program hallmarks. Moving to Los Angeles, the FAP produced the first major feminist art installation, Womanhouse (1972).

Liss, Andrea. Feminist Art and the Maternal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Description from Project Muse:

Feminist motherhood is a surprisingly unexplored subject. In fact, feminism and motherhood have been often thought of as incompatible. Profound, provocative, and innovative, Feminist Art and the Maternal is the first work to critically examine the dilemmas and promises of representing feminist motherhood in contemporary art and visual culture.

Feminist Art Research Guide (Otis College of Art & Design)

Woman’s Building records, 1970-1992

Description from the Archive of American Art:

Woman’s Building played a key role as an alternative space for women artists energized by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The records document the ways in which feminist theory shaped the Building’s founding core mission and goals. During its eighteen year history, the Building served as an education center and a public gallery space for women artists in Los Angeles and southern California.