When making your
holiday plans, don’t overlook your invitation to this scintillating
The Brooklyn Museum’s installation of Judy Chicago’s "The
Dinner Party," on view through Jan. 26, is a triangular
table set with 39 place settings, each inspired by women of achievement
and the times in which they lived. Author Emily Dickinson, abolitionist
Sojourner Truth and artist Georgia O’Keeffe are among those selected
by Chicago to have a place at one of the table’s 48-foot-long
The 3-D ceramic plates, suggestive of flowers and often female
genitalia, are each placed on coordinating, elaborately designed
runners along with a lusterware chalice, napkin and lusterware
utensils. The table rests on a porcelain surface, the Heritage
Floor, inscribed in gold with the names of 999 women.
In a nearby room, many of the 400 volunteers employed by Chicago
get credit for their work in assembling the mammoth installation,
which incorporates everything from ceramics to embroidery. The
controversial historical timeline on display - which includes
information about the first woman pope - will certainly give
you lots to discuss over dinner.
On Jan. 11, the museum (200 Eastern Parkway) will offer a china-painting
workshop for beginner to intermediate levels taught by Rosemarie
Radmaker, one of the artists who worked with Chicago on "Dinner
Party." To pre-register, call (718) 638-5000 ext. 937.
For more information, visit the museum’s Web site at www.brooklynmuseum.org.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010