The Dinner Party
Artist: Judy Chicago
The Dinner Party was an originally temporary, now permanent, installation artwork showing the dinner places for 39 historically famous woman. This artwork was a part of the feminist art movement with the goal to end the omission of women from history. Each of the places have specific embroidery for the historical figure they were set for. This is important because embroidery was a traditionally female form of art, and was important to the artwork to show the various art forms that were characteristic of the times that the women would be from. Each of the places also have food on the plates that is in the form of female genitalia, in what seems like an effort to shock the viewer. The work, when released, immediately generated varied opinions from extreme praise to extreme condemnation.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was important because of the movement that it represented as well as the extreme controversy over it.