|A few weeks ago, I visited the Brooklyn Museum too see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit. Before entering the exhibit, I noticed the signs for Judy Chicago’s permanent installation, The Dinner Party. I couldn’t believe it; I didn’t know that it was housed permanently anywhere. I’ve known of this piece of work since I was young, but had never seen it in person.
Presented in 1979, the exhibit consists of a large triangle table with thirty-nine seats for mythically and historically significant women. Each place setting has a table runner, napkin, utensils, glass, and plate all crafted by hand. The plates and table runners are uniquely designed for the women they honor. The table runners were executed in the needlework of the time and region in which each woman lived. The china plates, stylized vulvas representative of each woman and the period of time that they made their mark upon history.
Permanently residing at the Brooklyn Museum, if you are near, I definitely recommend an afternoon to see this amazing piece of work.
|The three sides of the triangle shaped table honor women from different periods of time. Prehistory to the Roman Empire, the beginnings of Christianity to the Reformation, and The American Revolution to feminism.
The Primordial Goddess is the first place setting on the table.
Judy in her china painting studio, The Needlework Loft.
Volunteers work on the 999 names inscribed on the Heritage Floor.