Modernisms 1900 - 1980


Minimalism and Conceptual Art opened the way for a variety of experimental practices in different media.

c. 1965 - 1980

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Judy Chicago, <em>The Dinner Party</em>
Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party

Judy Chicago's landmark installation gives notable women from history a seat at the table.

Eleanor Antin, <em>Carving: A Traditional Sculpture</em>
Eleanor Antin, Carving: A Traditional Sculpture

The idea of sculpture was the subject of Antin’s work, which interrogates beauty, gender, and “traditional” art.

Lynda Benglis, <em>Omega</em>, and Judy Chicago, <em>Pasadena Lifesaver, Blue Series, Number 4</em>
Lynda Benglis, Omega, and Judy Chicago, Pasadena Lifesaver, Blue Series, Number 4

Purity and geometry, knotted and explosive: two approaches to feminist art from the early 1970s.

Eva Hesse, <em>Untitled (Rope Piece)</em>
Eva Hesse, Untitled (Rope Piece)

This sculpture was hanging in the artist’s studio at the time of her death; it can be hung in numerous ways.

Jackie Winsor, <em>#1 Rope</em>
Jackie Winsor, #1 Rope

Women’s labor and the passage of time are evoked in this sculpture constructed of organic materials.

Eva Hesse, <em>Untitled</em>
Eva Hesse, Untitled

Her friends were into high conceptualism, but Hesse’s own approach is more playful, bodily, and feminist.

Mary Kelly, <em>Post-Partum Document</em>
Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document

Motherhood is explored and documented—but not sugarcoated—in Kelly’s five-year-long project.

Louise Bourgeois, <em>Cumul I</em>
Louise Bourgeois, Cumul I

Male and female forms reveal and conceal themselves simultaneously in this polished marble sculpture.

Selected Contributors | Post-Minimalism