Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

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The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is located on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum, New York City, USA.


The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art opened on March 23, 2007 at the Brooklyn Museum as the first public space of its kind in the country; it is a nexus for feminist art, theory, and activism. The 8,300-square-foot (770 m2) center, located on the museum's fourth floor, aims to create a compelling and interactive environment to raise awareness and educate future generations about feminism’s impact on culture. Since 2007 the Center has been the permanent home of Judy Chicago's landmark feminist work The Dinner Party.[1][2] Its Forum is a venue for public programs and a platform of advocacy for women’s issues, and its Feminist Art and Herstory galleries present critically acclaimed exhibitions. The Council for Feminist Art, a membership group, supports the ongoing educational programming and the continuing success of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The Center's namesake and founder, Elizabeth A. Sackler, is a philanthropist and art collector.


The Dinner Party’s gallery is the centerpiece of a dramatic design for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art that was conceived and developed by award-winning architect Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, a partner in Ennead Architects. The Dinner Party is enclosed in large, canting glass walls that provide a first glimpse of Chicago’s work. It is surrounded by a series of distinct, yet interconnected series of galleries that include two changing exhibition galleries and a study center that can be transformed from an academic forum into a multimedia gallery, as required, by a large pivoting wall.[3]

Past Exhibitions[edit]

The Center's opening exhibition, "Global Feminisms"[4] was the first international exhibit exclusively dedicated to feminist art from 1990 to the present.

Feminist Art Base[edit]

An original initiative from the Center for Feminist Art is its “Feminist Art Base.”[5] This database is a self-generated selection of past and present artists, whose work reflect feminist ideas, investments, and concerns, such as Karen Heagle, Julia Kunin and Clarity Haynes. The database is actively added to with artists from the around the world, who continue to build their profiles. Each profile includes short biographies, CVs, and exemplary works as well as a “Feminist Art Statement.” This personal and living database wishes to be a comprehensive resource for achieving the Center’s mission: “to present feminism in an approachable and relevant manner, to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art, and to raise awareness of feminism's cultural contributions.[5]

First Awards[edit]

In March 2012 The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art celebrated its fifth anniversary by honoring fifteen contemporary women with the Sackler Center First Awards. The awards, conceived by Elizabeth Sackler, are given each year to women who have broken a gender barrier to make a remarkable achievement and contribution in her respective field. The honorees are:[6]






  1. ^ Micucci, Dana (2007-04-19). "Feminist art gets place of pride in Brooklyn". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Kort, Michele (Winter 2007). "Home at Last". Ms. Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gallery Design". Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: About the Center. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Global Feminisms". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Feminist Art Base". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/video/first-awards
  7. ^ Dorbush, Jonathon (April 28, 2015). "'Performer, actor, writer, and icon' Miss Piggy to receive Brooklyn Museum award". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 

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