Saturday, December 17, 2011

Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party", an Icon of Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" is an art installation consisting of place settings for 39 mythical and famous women in history, and 999 names inscribed in the Heritage Floor on which the table rests. The dinner table is triangular, a symbol of equality, divided by 3 wings, each 48 feet long. The "guests of honor" commemorated on the table are designated by embroidered runners, each executed in a historically specific manner. Upon these are placed, for each setting, a gold ceramic chalice and utensils, a napkin with an embroidered edge, and a fourteen-inch china-painted plate with a central motif based on butterfly and vulvar forms. Information from the exhibit caption and the Brooklyn Museum website.

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