On March 23, the Brooklyn Museum of Art will open the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Its first exhibition – Global Feminisms – will feature work by 87 contemporary feminist artists from around the world. The Centre will offer a computerized study area, a biographical gallery, a gallery space for a regular exhibition schedule of feminist art, and additional space for the presentation of related public and educational programs. The Center’s mission is to promote feminism’s cultural contributions and to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art.
The Centre will also permanently house The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, a large-scale work that celebrates the achievements of 1,038 actual and mythical female figures. The Dinner Party is a massive ceremonial banquet arranged on a triangular table measuring forty-eight feet on each side with a total of thirty-nine place settings. The “guests” are commemorated by embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and porcelain plates with a raised central motif based on vulvae forms. The names of the other 999 women are inscribed in gold on the white tile floor below the triangular table.