Snapshot: Judy Chicago, 1970

The image is a 1970 Artforum advertisement for an exhibition at California State College and shows the artist wearing a jumper emblazoned with her nickname

An 1970 Artforum advertisement for an exhibition at California State College shows Judith Gerowitz in a boxing ring wearing a jumper emblazoned with the name Judy Chicago – a gallery owner’s nickname for the artist because of her accent. On a wall facing the entrance to the show was a sign: “Judy Gerowitz hereby divests herself of all names imposed upon her through male social dominance and freely chooses her own name – Judy Chicago.” Born in 1939, she went on to become one of the best-known artists to come out of the feminist movement of the 1970s.

Work by Judy Chicago is currently on show in London at the Ben Uri Museum (until March 10; www.benuri.org.uk) and at Riflemaker (until Dec 22; www.riflemaker.org)

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