“The Dinner Party” – Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is a MUST visit if you are heading to New York. Our friend Sadhbh Walshe took us on a tour of her favorites.

This exhibition by Judy Chicago called Dinner Party is the most signigicant icon of 1970’s American feminist Art.

I thought International Women’s day/week would be a good time to post this important installation.

Begun in 1974 and finished in 1979, with the help of hundreds of collaborators, the large-scale work celebrates the achievements of 1,038 actual and mythical female figures, most of whom had been neglected by history until they were reclaimed by feminist scholars.

The Dinner Party, an important icon of 1970s feminist art and a milestone in twentieth-century art, is presented as the centerpiece around which the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is organized.

The Dinner Party comprises a massive ceremonial banquet, arranged on a triangular table with a total of thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history. The settings consist of embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and china-painted porcelain plates with raised central motifs that are based on vulvar and butterfly forms and rendered in styles appropriate to the individual women being honored.

The names of another 999 women are inscribed in gold on the white tile floor below the triangular table. This permanent installation is enhanced by rotating Her story Gallery exhibitions relating to the 1,038 women honored at the table.

This is the exhibition on at the Museum at the moment….very sad to be missing this one!


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