Judy Chicago’s Hoods

We typically think of Judy Chicago as the artist and the host of the famous “Dinner Party” (1979). When we think of this “dinner,” we think of 999 names of women in history, important women, in one way or another, that made it to this (hypothetical) utterly infamous par-tay. Feminine in form, the tables are arranged in an equilateral triangle (the shape reminiscent of the pubic area of a female originally derived from primitive art). But in her newest show, Deflowered, which just showed at Riflemaker in London, she has taken her feminine energy and motif’s and transfered them onto an a-typical medium for high art…

Tribal in pattern, brilliant in color, yet painted on the hood of a car, Chicago has taken her femininity and opened it up to a masculine presence. She paints these images on a man’s best friend, their car. Does this mean a shift in power, metaphorically? I don’t know. I really do not know what it means except that it is exciting, fresh, and new. Her patterns are inviting, yet phallic in nature and feminine at the same time – all exuding the exotic, erotic, and more…

Would you put your he(ART) on a Hood?

XX, DP

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