This is an excerpt of a 1988 State of the Arts, special about feminism in the arts that aired on New Jersey Network Public Television. In it, Judith Brodsky talks with then State of the Arts host Scott Moniak about the newly opened National Museum for Women in the Arts in DC. She also introduces a story about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, featuring Judy Chicago herself!
The Dinner Party is an installation that’s considered one of the first epic feminist artworks. It features place settings on a triangular table for 39 famous women, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Sojourner Truth, Virginia Woolf, Susan B. Anthony, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The work, produced between 1974 and 1979, was shown to great acclaim–but in 1988, it was put in storage with little prospect of being seen. As of 2007, however, the work has been on display in the permanent collection of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.