San Francisco

Judy Chicago

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

The Dinner Party, JUDY CHICAGO’s visual tribute to the history of women, is comprised of a 48-foot triangular table with 39 individual place settings. Each setting commemorates a female personage (either mythological or historical) with an abstract butterfly/vaginal motif. Plates rest on fabric runners embellished with needlework and weaving, illustrative of the history and culture surrounding that particular woman. The table stands on the “Heritage Floor,” white opalescent porcelain tiles inscribed with 999 women’s names in gold. Preceding this installation is a hallway of banners that pay homage to the Feminine Principle—“She,” the Goddess. The exit is a collection of monumental photographs documenting the creation of The Dinner Party, and a timeline compilation of historical data relating to women’s history.

The problems inherent in The Dinner Party do not lie so much in the artist’s

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