JUDY CHICAGO "HILDEGARD" CLOISONNÉ PIN, 1988
Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party is an icon of feminist art and is a major accomplishment in American art of the 20th century.
It debuted to much sensationalism in 1979, The Dinner Party ultimately toured several continents reaching an audience of millions. After many years in storage, in 2007 it re-opened in its permanent home at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Judy Chicago conceptualized this large-scale installation to serve as a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. The Dinner Party is comprised of a huge ceremonial banquet table with 39 place-settings. Each place-setting commemorates a historical or mythical female figure including artists, goddesses, activists, and martyrs.
Each of these unique place-settings includes a hand-painted plate depicting a brightly-colored and elaborately styled pattern (often in forms that recall female sexual organs).
This cloisonné pin relates to the original “Hildegard of Bingen” place setting from The Dinner Party.
Hildegard of Bingen (or Saint Bingen) was a German Christian mystic and visionary who lived between 1098-1179. Her other-worldly visions inspired her much celebrated and studied writings, music compositions, and philosophy. In addition to her religious pursuits, Hildegard wrote volumes on medical diagnosis and treatment along with scientific findings and documentation, she is credited as the founder of scientific natural science in Germany.
Like many of the elements of The Dinner Party, this cloisonné pin similarly embellishes and celebrates a marginal (but radical) figure from the history of civilization and feminist history.
Despite Judy Chicago's importance and productivity, objects by the artist from the 1970's and 80's are incredibly rare.
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