Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party: Restoring Women to History

Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party: Restoring Women to History
Library Shelf Location 18.CHIC
Publication Date 2014

When Judy Chicago's multimedia exhibit The Dinner Party opened in the late 1970s, it was almost as shocking to the art world and to society at large as the first exhibit of Impressionists nearly a century before. And like that art, it stretched the limits of artistic vision and expression, soon becoming a landmark in art history. A symbolically rich and complex visual chronicle of the achievements of more than 1,000 women in Western civilization, The Dinner Party has been seen by nearly a million viewers worldwide. Judy Chicago's earlier books about the exhibit are now collector's items. In this new work, the artist takes you on a personal tour of The Dinner Party, discussing it genesis, aesthetic and historical meaning, now and for the future.

The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, for which this book will be the official publication, has become a defining work of the women's movement in art. As a presentation of outstanding women in history, from ancient times until today, it is both an iconic art work and a historical survey, appealing to visitors of every age and to book buyers interested not only in women's art but in their entire history. A visual journey through The Dinner Party, the monumental installation work now permanently displayed in the Sackler Centre for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, this book also is a concise introduction to women's history, accessible to all ages. The Dinner Party, a monumental triangular table, and the Heritage Floor on which the table rests, represents 1,038 women in history-39 by unique large ceramic plates and runners with another 999 names inscribed on the floor's ceramic tiles. Seen by more than a million visitors as a travelling exhibition in the beginning of the 1980s and again in the 1990s, it is today the principal destination of almost a quarter of the Brooklyn Museum's visitors each year.

ISBN 9781580933896
Quantity 1
Pages 160
Format Hardback
Publisher Monacelli Press
Related Artist Judy Chicago
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Installation
Keywords Feminism, Women artists
Language English

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