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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Goddess: Feminist Art and Spirituality in the 1970S

Goddess: Feminist Art and Spirituality in the 1970S

(p.224) Chapter 13 Goddess: Feminist Art and Spirituality in the 1970S
West of Center

Jennie Klein

University of Minnesota Press

Unlike other gender radical movements such as gay rights or even radical feminism, feminist spirituality has always remained on the margins of mainstream culture and academic acceptability. To this day, the nature Goddess/witch figure is depicted as monstrous, abject, and horrific. This chapter examines feminist artwork that references the Goddess in order to answer the following questions. First, what is feminist spirituality? Second, why was feminist spirituality so appealing to artists, particularly artists based on the West Coast? Third, what is the relationship between feminist spirituality and the counterculture movements? Fourth, why has feminist art that references spirituality and/or the Goddess continued to be marginalized in discussions of that art, even by scholars who are very sympathetic to the artwork?

Keywords:   feminist spirituality, feminism, nature Goddess, witch, feminist artwork, feminist art

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