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The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation Hardcover – February 1, 2006


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The world's most famous and controversial work of feminist art, Judy Chicago's Dinner Party has found a permanent home some 30 years after its creation in the Brooklyn Museum's new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Chicago celebrates in a sumptuous and comprehensive volume dedicated to her radical and extraordinarily crafted sculptural installation, telling the compelling story of its five-year collaborative creation, phenomenal popularity with the public, and vicious critical condemnation. Long committed to making socially conscious art, Chicago marvels over how much has changed in the field of women's history since the 1960s, when she began researching women's lives. Never one to stint on hard work, or miss the opportunity to educate people, Chicago presents brief and vivid updated biographies of the 39 women represented at the triangular table with elaborate ceramic plates and beautifully embroidered runners and the 999 women whose names appear in the porcelain-tiled Heritage Floor. Gorgeous new photographs by Woodman, Chicago's husband, offer stunning close-ups. For more on Chicago and her work, see Gail Levin's biography, Becoming Judy Chicago (2007). Donna Seaman
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Carefully, thoroughly and vividly educates in all the ways Chicago intended three decades ago - SELVEDGE Sumptuous - CERAMIC REVIEW
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers; New edition edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943701
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to readers worldwide.

In addition to a life of prodigious art making, Chicago is the author of numerous books: "Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist," 1975 (subsequently published in England, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and China) and most recently made available as an ebook; "The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage," 1979; "Embroidering Our Heritage: The Dinner Party Needlework," 1980 (also published in a combined edition in Germany); the "Birth Project", 1985 (Anchor/Doubleday); "Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light," 1993; "The Dinner Party / Judy Chicago," 1996; "Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist," 1996 (Viking Penguin); "Fragments from the Delta of Venus," 2004 (powerHouse Books) and "Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours," 2005 (Harper Design International). She published a final book on "The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation," 2007 (Merrell Publishers) in conjunction with the permanent housing of this icon of twentieth century art, now featured in Janson's, "A Basic History of Western Art." In 2014, a new original paperback book about "The Dinner Party" will be published by the Monacelli Press which will also publish Chicago's newest book "Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education."

For over five decades, Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change and to women's right to engage in the highest level of art production. As a result, she has become a symbol for people everywhere, known and respected as an artist, writer, teacher, feminist and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women's right to freedom of expression.

For more information about Judy Chicago's work, please visit www.JudyChicago.com.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for all women.
Adore Yourself
The Dinner Party: From Creation to Reservation offers up an excellent, illustrated guide to the art of Judy Chicago.
Midwest Book Review
It's a great art book that really illustrates this piece, since I may never see it in person.
Patchouli Medusa

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is the exhibit book for "The Dinner Party", the historic
feminist art project led by Judy Chicago. It consists of a
table with 39 place settings, each honoring a legendary or
real woman. Each setting consists of painted and sculpted
china plates and embroidered tapestries, both replete with
imagery and symbolism. I am giving it to a young female
friend for her 13th birthday, and I've already given it to
a 17-year-old cousin. Congress considered this work obscene,
but I consider it a masterpiece.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Dinner Party: From Creation to Reservation offers up an excellent, illustrated guide to the art of Judy Chicago. All other books documenting her DINNER PARTY are all out of print, but even when they were available, none offered such an extensive, full-color treatment as does THE DINNER PARTY: FROM CREATION TO RESERVATION. Documentary photos follow its creation and an essay by Judy Chicago surveys the history of women, the collaborative effort involved, and the history of the work's exhibition. Perfect for college-level art libraries; especially those with some works on Judy Chicago already in their holdings.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patchouli Medusa on November 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love judy chicago's dinner party. The art is organic and really fits the different representations of the women she is trying to portray. This book has pictures of the plates, as well as the individual runners for the plates. It also has information about the 999 women who's names form the dinner party. Not everyone has a plate, but there is a little bio about them. I really like to pull this book out for inspiration and information about the women represented in this book. It's a great art book that really illustrates this piece, since I may never see it in person.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
A triumph! A long-awaited celebration of truth about all womankind! A must-have for all women. and for men who truly appreciate their worth! Every female in the world should read this book cover-to cover and rejoice. A rare and beautiful work of art--second only to The Dinner Party exhibit itself. I am going to give this book to my daughter, friends of varying ethnic backgrounds, and several lesbian friends. How often do you find a book that speaks to the entire human race about the valuable contributions of the so-called "weaker sex"? Now we must all work to get The Dinner Party exhibit traveling, as it was originally intended to do, so that we can all personally stand in awe at this altar to all Eve's daughters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By franny264 on June 6, 2011
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I had seen this book at a New York Museum but figured i would purchase it online...well the one i saw was in color and this one was not in color at all...still like looking at the book but was a bit disapointed....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yale Hirsch on April 18, 2010
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A most unusual book! In addition to the originality of Judy Chicago's art, you have the refreshing words and thoughts of nearly a thousand great women of history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Brown on June 13, 2013
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I was blown away with "the Dinner Party" at the Brooklyn Museum! There is so much to take in about this complicated exhibit and I wanted to know more about the artist's work. Imagine my disappointment when I go to the museum gift shop and they do not have a hard bound book about it! So, after getting back to my iPad that evening, I went to Amazon and found this book. It is exactly what I was looking for!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle W. on May 7, 2011
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book was in excellent condition. it's a great history of chicago's artwork and you can really understand what she was trying to accomplish with the dinner party. Only bad side is that it's about 10 years old so it includes nothing about the present condition of the piece. great book, very descriptive, has brief history of every woman included in the work, chicago's narrative is excellent in describing the piece.
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