by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

You’re Invited for Dinner

Feminist artist Judy Chicago‘s almost-kitch “Dinner Party” celebrates women throughout history with a huge, triangular banquet arrangement. Thirty-nine highly original place settings represent influential women we often don’t know about, ranging from the primordial earth goddess to Georgia O’Keeffe and including the biblical Judith, with her placemat in Hebrew. The ceramic plates are cunningly cast to replicate vulvas. Chicago’s work is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, where it will be permanently housed in 2004, thanks to a grant from the Elizabeth A. Sackier Foundation.

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