The annual TIME 100 recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. “While power is certain, influence is subtle,” says Time. “As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”
Judy Chicago is an artistic innovator and a feminist pioneer, who gives renewed meaning to the term “avant-garde.” She has made significant contributions to minimalism, postmodernism and politics. “The Dinner Party” (1974-79) is one of the most significant artworks and exhibitions of the 20th century. Permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum, the installation takes the form of a banquet table set for 39 women, from Sappho and Boadaceia to Sojourner Truth and Susan B Anthony, who have had a positive impact on the lives and consciousnesses of other women.
“My goal has been to make a contribution to a more equitable world through art,” says Chicago. “I am thrilled that my work is being recognized now by TIME. I am grateful to all those who have supported me on this long and challenging journey.”
Judy Chicago is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery and Salon 94.
Portrait above by Collier Schorr. Styled by Suzanne Koller.