Although in Laguia2000 we try to publish articles that make known the great artists that have existed throughout the history of art, the truth is that the presence of male works dominates by an overwhelming percentage. For this reason, in recent decades there have been women artists who have wanted to denounce this fact, which, moreover, is not only linked to artistic disciplines, but to almost all the activities of our society.
Judy Chicago's dinner party
An example of these denunciations is this work of La Cena or The Dinner Party made in 1979 by the creator Judy Chicago. She presents us with a triangular table (a geometric shape historically related to the female sex) that we can contemplate and thus reflect on feminism and the role of women in art and history.
This table is prepared with all the elements to welcome 39 women, all of them recognized for their deeds or for the myth they personify. However, none of those women attend the dinner. The reason is that they are already dead. What does the author do with it? Some idea of pathos and sadness. It is as if she had prepared a tribute banquet and no one could go. In fact, the idea is that some of these women could not enjoy this type of recognition in life either. As with 999 other memorable women, whose names the sculptor wrote in lettersgold on the floor tiles.
With what has been said so far, it can be deduced that numerology also has an important load of content in this work. Since everything is based on 3, mystical number where they exist. And another important number is 13, because on each side of the triangle of the table 13 women would sit, the same number of people who would sit at the most famous dinner in history and art: the Last Supper of Jesus and the Apostles.
However, here the author presents us with tables facing the diners, with no one presiding. Raising understanding more than domination with which the masculine gender has been identified more.
Judy Chicago's Dinner Detail
And each woman would have before her a plate and a cup. But how do we know who the guests at that dinner are? Because of the tablecloth in front of each stall where her name appears and which is also made according to the techniques of the diner's time. Since women cover all times, trades and disciplines. From the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut to the Georgia O'Keefe painter to the poetess Sappho of the Classical Greece, rulers like Emperor Theodora or Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, writers like Virginia Woolf, music like Hildegard de Pizan or artists like Artemisia Gentileschi.
In short, this is the great work of Judy Chicago, in which she invested five years of work toexhibit it at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, where it has been exhibited in a special room since recent years as part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.