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When making your holiday plans, don’t overlook your invitation to this scintillating "dinner party."

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 sides.

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
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Rosemarie Radmaker says:
A wonderful experience it was to see the museum. A highlight of my life, and not an expensive one. Joyous.
Oct. 27, 2007, 4:22 am

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