|Rain, July 3rd, 2012|
The thunder woke me. The rain was beating down on the roof. I rolled over and covered my head with the sheet, closed my eyes and just listened. Hopefully the heat wave would break. It was going to be a fine, gloomy day for laundry and getting back to the studio. Since my failed drawing of JD, I hadn't felt like making any art. Since the kids left, I hadn't been to the studio. Today could be different?
It was. I got my book back. I had given my copy of The Dinner Party By Judy Chicago away years ago to
my son's girl friend who seemed very dear to him. She was in Women's Studies at University and fell in love with the book about Chicago's sculptural installation the minute I showed it to her. I let her have it. I must have been out of my mind. I never give away my books. I never lend them out. I covet them. Yet, I gave her this one and from time to time I would think of it and miss it and feel sorry that I had been so generous. Then, last week I was talking to someone about pottery and I thought of it again and thought maybe it's still in print? I found it at Amazon and bought it all over again. The new edition, with an update by Judy Chicago in it, arrived today. It's strokable.
Once again the studio doors were unopened. I've been reading the book most of the afternoon as the rains come and go. The latest news is the 48 x 48 x 3 foot installation has finally found a permanent home at the Brooklyn Museum. I've got to get to Brooklyn.
|This porcelain plate setting is reserved for Eleanore of Aquitain, a woman of influence in her time.|
The Dinner Party, 1974 - 1979, is a feminist installation artwork. It was conceived by Judy Chicago, but is a collaborative effort of many female artists. It's a composition in ceramics, porcelain and textiles. There are 39 original place settings for women from history and mythology. The table sits on a ceramic floor with each tile naming another woman of note. The idea was spectacular. The installation phenomenal. Laura, the young woman I gave my book to, thought it so too. It asserted the artwork of females in a world that was dominated by males. Think about it. How many females were discussed in your art history classes. Mary Cassatt is the only name that rolls out from my memory. Others might have been mentioned, (Gentileschi who painted Judith with the head of holofernes), but they were never on the exams. You didn't have to remember them. Judy Chicago thought otherwise.
For a complete look at this fabulous work of art go HERE.