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Dinner Party

I think that race is not simply an addition but is the focus of Sojourner Truth's lifework and the plate that is meant to represent her in this exhibit. In her famous speech, "Aint' I A Woman", she speaks as a black woman, a former slave. White women are helped into carriages, but not her. The figures on the plate are reminiscent of African masks, and except for the breasts, could be male as well as female. The grief and outrage of the black slave are palpable.

I am delighted that Judy Chicago's Dinner Party serves as the introduction to this course. I have always wanted to view it in person and now I'm inspired to visit the Brooklyn Museum with my granddaughter when I visit her in NYC next month.

I look forward to learning from the younger generation in this forum.

Barbara '57

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