The Dinner Party is one of the most well-known pieces of Feminist art in existence and is permanently housed at the Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The installation consists of a large banquet table with place settings for thirty-nine notable women from history and mythology.
The settings have gold ceramic chalices and porcelain plates painted with butterfly- and vulva-inspired designs.
In addition to the thirty-nine settings, there are the names of 999 other women painted on the tiles below the triangular table.
The Dinner Party participates in the feminist revision of history, initiated during the 1970s, in which feminists worked to re-discover lost role models for women, re-writing the past that had previously only included male voices.
Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration, but could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and incite change toward equality.
Before feminism, the majority of women artists were denied exhibitions and gallery representation based on the sole fact of their gender.
Feminist artists created alternative venues as well as worked to change established institutions' policies to promote women artists' visibility within the art world.
Feminist artists often embraced alternative media, incorporating fabric, fiber, performance, and video as these materials did not have the same historically male-dominated precedent that painting and sculpture carried.
By using these non-traditional media, they sought to expand the definition of fine arts to include a wider variety of media and artistic perspectives.
Her painted story quilts blur the line between "high art" and "craft" by combining painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.
Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist who created work in the late twentieth century focusing on violence against the female body, as well as pieces involving a close connection with nature and the landscape.
Martha Rosler is an American multi-media artist and educator.
Her work with performance, video and photography in particular has garnered wide attention in the so-called postmodern era for its feminist connotations, addressing body image issues and domesticity.
Rosler's work has also explored the imagery of war, from Vietnam to the second Iraq war."Because we are denied knowledge of our history, we are deprived of standing upon each other's shoulders and building upon each other's hard earned accomplishments.
Often tied to the 1970s era Pattern and Decoration movement, Schapiro began her career working alongside second-generation Abstract Expressionists in New York, followed by forays into hard-edge painting.
She is perhaps best known for co-founding, along with colleague Judy Chicago, the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute for the Arts. Much of Kruger's work merges found photographs taken from existing sources with pithy and aggressive text.
Her captions engage the viewer in the work's greater struggle for power and control.
Carolee Schneemann is an American visual artist, known for her discourses on the body, sexuality and gender.
Her work is primarily characterized by research into visual traditions, taboos, and the body of the individual in relationship to social bodies.
Schneemann's works have been associated with a variety of art classifications including Fluxus, Neo-Dada, the Beat Generation, and happenings.
Now seen as an iconic and path-breaking Feminist artist, Wilke's performances and photography are a crucial component of the Feminist movement in their use of the artist's own body in ways that addressed issues of female objectification, the male gaze, and female agency Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual and mixed-media artist.
Her work is best known for using a variety of text, propaganda imagery, sound, video and light, all of which she attempts to incorporate into public spaces, thus bringing artistic experience directly into the world.
Faith Ringgold is an African American artist, best known for her painted story quilts.
She was greatly influenced by the fabric she worked with at home with her mother, a fashion designer, and has used fabric in many of her artworks.
"For me, now, feminist art must show a consciousness of women's social and economic position in the world.
I also believe it demonstrates forms and perceptions that are drawn from a sense of spiritual kinship between women." Judy Chicago is an American feminist artist and author.
Originally associated with the Minimalist movement of the 1960s, Chicago soon abandoned this in favor of creating content-based art.
Her most famous work to date is the installation piece The Dinner Party (1974-79), an homage to women's history.
Miriam Schapiro is a Canadian-American artist and a leading figure in the feminist art movement.