I went to see this exhibit this weekend. I've walked through it before, but I wanted to come back alone and listen to the audio tour, which talks about every woman honored at the table. Here's the Museum's description of the exhibit:
"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 biographical gallery shows relating to the 1,038 women honored at the table. Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses is the first such exhibition."
It's the kind of experience that changes something deep inside you, some place for which there are no words. This exhibit will be a must-see during The Journeys Weekend Retreat in Brooklyn I'm dreaming up for my friends. Also, conversation about Sue Monk Kidd's Dance of the Dissident Daughter at The Cocoa Bar (Coffee Chocolate Wine) on Seventh Avenue, making meals together and sharing our stories over candlelight and merlot. I think we'll need a brochure.