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When Judy Chicago's multimedia exhibit "The Dinner Party" opened in the 1970s, it was hailed "an icon of feminist art" (ARTnews) and was seen by nearly one million people. Now, in a book celebrating the re-opening of the exhibit in Los Angeles later this year, Chicago updates the themes, interpretation, and history of her landmark exhibit.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1979)
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Danna
Jun 28, 2007 Danna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in sexual politics and art history
Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage is a revolution in a book. Although much has changed radically in the past few decades, Chicago's book is still relevant, and it most certainly suggests that there is and always has been, room for everyone at the table. When I was 28-years-old I was browsing the art book stacks and Chicago's book fell off the shelf into my hands (I've come to accept this type of occurence - sometimes as Fate, and sometimes as somebody on the other side of ...more
Rita	 Marie
I had the good fortune to acquire this commemorative volume at the 1996 showing of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" in Los Angeles. The room-sized artwork itself is intended to describe the struggle of women throughout history to achieve full participation in society and it makes extensive use of the traditional "feminine" art of needlework.

The book would, I think, give an excellent idea of the installation for anyone who has never seen it. There is one color plate of the entire room with its dimm
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HeavyReader
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Dinner Party and Judy Chicago
Shelves: art, feminist
This book tells about the struggle and hardship and joy of the process of creating The Dinner Party. Part of it is Judy Chicago's actual journal of the time where she writes about the problems and doubts that are resulting from the difficulties she is having makeing her dream of this exhibit become a reality.

I think it is helpful as a historical document so that generations of women will know what really happened during the creative process. I also believe that we can all learn from the trials a
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Annah-Marie
This book was published shortly after, if not right alongside, the first exhibition of "The Dinner Party". I found the background information surrounding this work extremely illuminating. Judy Chicago is amazing and this book and work support my statement. This is a must read for anyone interested in art or the history of women. She gives information for all 999 women featured in her piece.
Annah-Marie
Judy Chicago is an amazing artist. This book proves it. She takes you through the entire process and the best part is that this rendition is written almost 40 years after "The Dinner Party's" original showing. Once again, she provides the reader with explanations of the 999 women represented in the work.
Melissa Lee-tammeus
A beautiful coffee table book of a woman's at masterpiece. You just have to see it to appreciate it. I always hoped that I would see this art in person, but it never happened. Chicago is the feminist's voice in art and I praise her relentlessly.
Lindsey
Great comprehensive book on The Dinner Party. It really delves into every part of the project with great information about every woman represented and history. A beautiful book.
Pia
A wonderful color-photo edition of Chicago's infamous installation, The Dinner Party.
Sarah
I want this book SO much.
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