The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

In homage to wonderful western women through the centuries, artist Judy Chicago built a triangular table with 39 place settings – using ceramics, china-painting and needle and fibre techniques. There are 13 on each side – all representing a historical figure, goddess or important woman.

The dinner party – photo © Donald Woodman

The porcelain-tiled floor – upon which the table rests – has a further 999 names of important women inscribed in it.

This installation has travelled the world, and been viewed by over 1 million people – but now rests at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, in the Brooklyn Museum.

Primordial Goddess and Fertile Goddess place settings – photo © Donald Woodman
Wing One from The Dinner Party – photo © Donald Woodman

I love this one:

Wing Three, featuring Virginia Woolf and Georgia O’Keeffe place settings – photo © Donald Woodman

(because I love Virginia Woolf and Georgia O’Keeffe)

Beautiful, well-crafted – and spot on:

Emily Dickinson Plate – photo © Donald Woodman
Elizabeth Blackwell Plate – photo © Donald Woodman

What an amazing woman – and an amazing tribute to all these laydees…

For more information about the artist and The Dinner Party, see here.

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