I would enjoy having dinner with Judy Chicago. She is not only a feminist artist, but she is also an author and educator. Chicago has inspired a vast amount of people through her artistic works and projects. For instance, Judy led 150 needle workers for the Birth Project. Additionally, she was able to direct hundreds of women for her project called The Dinner Party. Chicago would be an interesting person to have dinner with because she has a unique vision and has great leadership capabilities. I would enjoy discussing how she creates different projects and learning about her passion for modern art. Who is your favorite modern artist? Do you have a favorite artistic movement?
Judy Chicago is known for her installation called The Dinner Party. The installation is currently located in the Brooklyn Museum on the fourth floor. Bucknell Alumni Thom Tyson (class of 1970) filmed the production of this project. Tyson lectured my modern art class and described his experience working with Judy Chicago. He said it was very inspiring to watch one person lead hundreds of people who worked continuously for many hours each day for weeks. If you would like to watch a short version of Tyson’s film, click here.
“The Dinner Party, an important icon of 1970s feminist art and a milestone in twentieth-century art, is presented as the centerpiece around which the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is organized. The Dinner Party comprises a massive ceremonial banquet, arranged on a triangular table with a total of thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history. The settings consist of embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and china-painted porcelain plates with raised central motifs that are based on vulvar and butterfly forms and rendered in styles appropriate to the individual women being honored. The names of another 999 women are inscribed in gold on the white tile floor below the triangular table. This permanent installation is enhanced by rotating Herstory Gallery exhibitions relating to the 1,038 women honored at the table (https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/dinner_party/).”
The Dinner Party was only one of Chicago’s many projects. Even though this project was just one step and event in her lifetime, this project was very impactful for women across the world. This project honored those women who were never recognized due to the historical sexism in our society. This was a huge past of the feminist movement in modern art and inspired many other artists to take it upon themselves to create pieces of art that also recognized sexism.
For more information about Chicago and her work, click here.