Diversity Represented in Post Modern Art

Post Modern Art

The Post Modern Art Era began in the early 1970’s. This Era was influenced by historical events such as The Vietnam War Protests, The Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Movement, etc.. Through this Era we can see that diversity was a common theme surrounding the arts during the time period.  Diversity can mean a range of different things, however, a common definition is the state of being diverse, variety.  Two artist from this Era, Judith Baca and Judy Chicago have included diversity within their artworks from this Era.

Judith Baca

Judith Baca is an American Chicana artist who was born on September 20, 1946. Baca’s must well known artwork consist of a large mural paintings, such as The Great Wall of Los Angeles. Baca has been known to stand for “art in service of equity for all people”.

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The Great Wall of Los Angeles, Judith Baca (1976-present)

The Great Wall of Los Angeles was created by Judith Baca in 1976-present in Los Angeles. To create this mural over 400 individuals were hired who came from diverse social and economic background to complete the mural. I found this piece of art interesting and informative of the diverse backgrounds in Los Angeles and around the country. The colors used in the mural are what caught my attention, and allowed the context of the mural to be delivered to the audience. This mural represents diversity based on the evidence of the variety of individuals who worked on this mural and how the history and culture are displayed in the mural itself.

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The World Wall, Judith Baca (1990)

The World Wall was created by Judith Baca and premiered in June 1990 in Joensuu, Finland at “A Meeting of the Worlds”.  The World Wall is a traveling mural that is made of eight 10’X30′ panels arranged in a circle. The mural attempts the concept of imaging nuclear destruction and peace. I appreciated the approach of imaging peace in the future, and being able to understand the imagination that is displayed within the panels. As in the mural The Great Wall of Los Angeles, the colors are a favorite aspect from Baca that I particularly enjoyed. The panels of the mural represent diversity of individuals from around the world and their part in the imagination of peace displayed in the mural.

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Tiny Ripples of Hope / Seeing Through Other’s Eyes, Judith Baca (2010)

Tiny Ripples of Hope / Seeing Through Other’s Eyes was created by Judith Baca in 2010 and is displayed in the new RFK LEARNING CENTER for K-12 in Los Angeles. The panels may be viewed as one mural or as individuals, and are embodied to represent Robert Kennedy’s optimism and compassion. I found this mural (s) inspiring and found them to represent hope, peace, and equality of all individuals. This mural may represent multiple meanings to a variety of individuals, however, it represents the aspirations that many individuals share and the diversity of our culture.

Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago is an American feminist artist who was born on July 20, 1939. Chicago’s artworks are known to be representative of “the role of women in history and culture”. A well known piece of art by Chicago is The Dinner Party.

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The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago (1974-1979)

The Dinner Party was created by Judy Chicago in 1974-1979 and is permanently housed at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The ceremonial table represents 39 important historical female figures. I found this artwork to be inspiring and informative on feminist art. I appreciated the historical aspect of Chicago’s work. This artwork displays the diversity, especially an emphasis on the feminist movement during the Post Modern Era.

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Masked Head from Heads Up, Judy Chicago (2013)

Masked Head from Heads up was created by Judy Chicago in 2013 and was displayed at the David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2014. The series Heads up which includes the Masked Head  is made of a glass medium. I found this particular piece of art from Chicago’s series inspiring. I found the meaning of the piece emotion as an individual can relate to the concept of wearing a mask instead of reveling who you truly are. Masked Head represents diversity on a deeper level as individuals who are of different races or cultures and share different views and ideas may feel the need to “mask” themselves to feel accepted by society today.

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Mother India, Judy Chicago (1985)

Mother India was created by Judy Chicago in 1985 and displayed at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York in 1986. The artwork is part of the Birth Project and consist of painting, applique, and embroidery on fabric. I appreciated the culture aspect of this artwork and the different materials used to create the piece. I found this artwork to represent diversity in our culture and especially displays a feministic viewpoint toward the audience.

 

Resources

Wikipedia contributors. “Judith Baca.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Nov. 2016. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “The Great Wall of Los Angeles.” Judith Baca Artist. Judith Baca, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear.” Judith Baca Artist. Judith Baca, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “Tiny Ripples of Hope / Seeing Through Other’s Eyes (2010).” Judith Baca Artist. Judith Baca, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “The Dinner Party (1974-79).” Judy Chicago. Chicago/Woodman LLC, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “Biography « Judy Chicago.” Judy Chicago Biography Comments. Chicago/Woodman LLC, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “Glass.” Judy Chicago. Chicago/Woodman LLC, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “Birth Project (1980-85).” Judy Chicago. Chicago/Woodman LLC, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Unknown. “Diversity.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

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5 thoughts on “Diversity Represented in Post Modern Art

  1. I find this post interesting, I have never heard of feminist art before but with all of the pieces you selected by Judy Chicago I feel that they are important pieces and they were created for women all over the world. I also like how you didn’t stick with paintings, the sculpture and the last one that looks like a quilt really help remind me that art can be anything and not just paintings. I also like how Judith Baca hired a diverse group of artists to help build her diversity mural instead of just trying to show diversity herself. that extra effort into having diverse artists paint a diversity mural really helps people see that diversity is real and not just in culture or skin color but in art as well.

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  2. I loved your choices in artists! They are both diverse and empowering. I love the Dinner Table and it’s emphasis on feminine powerhouses, and Baca’s use of diverse artists to help her theme in the The Great Wall of Los Angeles (not to mention it looks beautiful). I thoroughly enjoyed all the art pieces you chose. Here’s a really good website page on feminist artists – it goes from the 1970s onwards and features a couple of pieces you chose! http://www.theartstory.org/movement-feminist-art.htm

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  3. You picked a great theme for the time period, being one of social changes and post war. I think my favorite piece is the masked head. Though I’m sure complex in creation, it is a simply piece that holds a lot of different implications such as the idea of people feeling like they need to hide behind a mask, or even that everyone, behind a mask, is just a human. This speaks strongly to equality. I think the movement is sometimes taken to extremes that exceed equality, but the pure semantics are important. I didn’t know feminist art was such “a thing”. The piece in your post is especially interesting and unique in composition. I don’t find any amusement in it, but it is interesting non the less.

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  4. Very nice blog Nicole, The topic was very interesting. Using the theme of diversity really fits your topic of post modern art. The piece of artwork I found most appeasing was the mural of the RFK learning center. Murals I have always found represent so much more than just a painting. The artist who create these beautiful pieces of work really fluently in depicting a theme. With all the reaching hands shows everyone striving towards the same goal and equal in the eyes of everyone. Great job on your blogs this semester very organized and nicely laid out.

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  5. Very nice blog Nicole, The topic was very interesting. Using the theme of diversity really fits your topic of post modern art. The piece of artwork I found most appeasing was the mural of the RFK learning center. Murals I have always found represent so much more than just a painting. The artist who create these beautiful pieces of work really fluently in depicting a theme. With all the reaching hands shows everyone striving towards the same goal and equal in the eyes of everyone. Great job on your blogs this semester very organized and nicely laid out.

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