A preeminent artist, author, feminist, and educator, Judy Chicago's work and life have been devoted to expanding women's presence in the arts and in art history. Her art is frequently exhibited in the United States and internationally. The Dinner Party is her best-known work.
"Organized to mirror the exhibition, each section is divided into
four chronological wings, rather than chapters, and includes a
short description of the woman represented and a photograph of her
plate and place setting. Surrounding the photographs are summaries
of the other women whose 999 names are inscribed on the ceramic
tile floor ("Heritage Floor") on which the triangular table rests.
Many of the plates photograph well, particularly those for Sappho
and Virginia Woolf, and handmade runners are spectacular. In this
volume, published to coincide with her 75th birthday, Judy Chicago
offers a vibrant visual and textual encyclopedia of female
"Thirty-five years after the debut exhibition of Judy Chicago's
The Dinner Party, this book highlights this monumental
installation piece of feminist art. It takes a fresh look at the
piece, which sought to right the omission of women artists from art
history books. The artwork is described in detail in three
chronological sections, beginning with prehistory and ending with
the woman's revolution of the 1970s. All of the women--from the
central piece to the names listed on the floor tiles--are included
for their contributions. Essays cover the biography of Judy
Chicago, describe how the work arrived at the museum, and offer an
art historian's perspective on its place in history and the
feminist movement. The piece, controversial for its depiction of a
vulva form in each plate, was shown 16 times in six countries, with
over a million viewers. This book is a fitting tribute.
--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries "Serves as a kind of user's manual to that iconic work of feminist art that once inspired an 87-minute debate in the U.S. House of Representatives over whether it was art or pornography. In this new book, Chicago explains in exquisite detail the art work surrounding the 1,038 women's names memorialized by The Dinner Party and how the art expresses the fight for women's rights from antiquity to today."