Feminist artist Judy Chicago is primarily known for her 1970s project The Dinner Party. It's composed of an almost 50-foot-long triangular dinner table for 39 guests. Each setting is for an important woman—some are famous, some are not—from history, and features a personalized china plate and placemat for each. The women represented begin with the primordial goddess, then move through the rise of Christianity and civilization up to the 21st century, with the last plate devoted to artist Georgia O'Keefe. The tile beneath the table is engraved with the names of 999 other notable women from history. The installation is permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum, and it would be a major pain in the ass to bring to Minneapolis, but studies of each of the plates and a DVD exploring the entire piece are on display at Flanders Contemporary Art. Opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24.
April 24-June 14, 2008