Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party

Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party

While it is expected that singers and actors will change their names, it is much less expected that visual artists will do so. In fact, Judy Chicago did begin her career in the usual way, with her family name. She changed it from Cohen to Gerowitz when she married, and then later to Chicago. Arguably, that latter change was part and parcel of her artistic vision and her continuing politicization as well. To say that Judy Chicago is the quintessential feminist artist may be understating the facts. There are probably few other women, whose names are known to us, who have created works as ferociously female as the works of Judy Chicago, who applies ...

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positive. From the world of politics, however, Chicago has been the brunt of precisely the sort of anti-feminist hypocrisy her work attempts to deflate.

"The Dinner Party"'s meaning

""The Dinner Party"" is often called Chicago's "homage to the hidden history of women," and it is certainly that; moreover, it "exploded into view in 1979 with coverage in all the major media" (Gopnik, 2002). While it is tempting to wonder whether Chicago would have been taken as seriously, and as quickly elevated to the level of doyenne of feminist artists without "The Dinner Party" and its plates of pubic expression is senseless. In fact, only a doyenne-secure in both her gender and her artistic capacities-could have conceived of and rendered a work of such magnitude, in every way. First, of course, it is an admirable technical achievement.
"The Dinner Party" is a triangular banquet table. Each side is 48 feet long, and it sits on a ceramic floor inscribed with the names of 999 notable ...

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on National Public Radio, noted that it had made a "grassroots tour" (Siegel & Lyden, 2002). She also noted it was a piece everybody wanted to see but nobody wanted to show. Chicago had been amazed in 1979, when she was interviewed on National Public Radio before "The Dinner Party" opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the interviewer asked, "But Judy, what's going to happen when the controversy starts?" (Quoted by Siegel & Lyden, 2002). Chicago had not thought there was going to be any controversy. "I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen, you know, that the museum system was going to shut down and not want to exhibit it, and that all these people were ...

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