The Dinner Party (1974-1979) is, in essence, a huge ceremonial banquet. It is arranged on a table in the shape of a triangle and has 39 place settings. Each setting is devoted to an important woman from history. Each setting, a masterpiece in its own right, consists of a runner, gold chalice and utensil, and china-painted porcelain plates. This plates are not flat - their 3-dimensional shape is inspired by vulvar and butterfly forms. Each setting in in style appropriate to the individual woman remembered and honored.
As you walk around admiring the beauty of every single object in the exhibition, you will also notice the area in the middle of the table. It is made of white tile and contains names of 999 other women. The display is accompanied by a booklet with detailed explanation of each of the 39 settings. You can quickly walk around the area or you can take your time taking in all of the details.
This iconic piece of art honors the history of women in Western Civilization. It is as crucial as it was in 1970s as it makes us remember those before us and gives us perspective and strength to make our own futures.
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