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Components of the Dinner Party

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago is an icon of feminist art, which represents 1,038 women in history—39 women are represented by place settings and another 999 names are inscribed in the Heritage Floor on which the table rests. This monumental work of art is comprised of a triangular table divided by three wings, each 48 feet long.

Six woven banners hang in procession, welcoming visitors to The Dinner Party.

The principal component of The Dinner Party is a massive ceremonial banquet arranged in the shape of an open triangle—a symbol of equality—with a total of thirty-nine place settings.

The Dinner Party rests upon the Heritage Floor; inscribed on the tiles in gold luster are the names of 999 mythical and historical women of achievement who correlate to the 39 women represented in the place settings.

The seven Heritage Panels are large-scale hand-colored photo-and-text collages that portray the lives of the mythical and historical women whose names are inscribed in the Heritage Floor of The Dinner Party.

The Acknowledgment Panels depict the 129 members of the creative and administrative team that worked on The Dinner Party.