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 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”.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.