Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

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The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is located on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum, New York City, United States. Since 2007 it has been the home of Judy Chicago's 1979 installation, The Dinner Party.


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]

The Center's 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, which includes 39 placesettings as well as the names of 998 women on a Heritage Floor, 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. It was curated by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin.

April 13–July 22, 2018

Feminist Art Base[edit]

An original initiative from the Center for Feminist Art is its “Feminist Art Base, conceptualized by the Center's founding curator, Maura Reilly.”[7] 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.[7]

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:[8]







  1. ^ Micucci, Dana (2007-04-19). "Feminist art gets place of pride in Brooklyn". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Kort, Michele (Winter 2007). "Home at Last". Ms. Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. 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 c d e f g "Brooklyn Museum". www.brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Museum". www.brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ a b "Feminist Art Base". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art".
  9. ^ 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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