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Students Blend Art and Philosophy in Exhibition that Celebrates Important Women in History

Honors class pays homage to Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”Brooklyn, N.Y. – Setting their own place at the table, students at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will honor Judy Chicago’s iconic work, “The Dinner Party,” at an exhibition that celebrates important women in history, Dec. 13-16.

Styled after Chicago’s feminist masterpiece, the exhibition features artwork by 15 honors students who took the interdisciplinary course “Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party: Feminist Art, History and Philosophy,” taught by Brooklyn Campus associate professor of philosophy Margaret Cuonzo and professor of art Liz Rudey. The course ends with its own “Dinner Party” in which the ceramics, needlework and written components of the course are all shared.

This collective work will be on view in the glass gallery in the lobby of the Campus’ Humanities Building. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will run from Monday, Dec. 13, to Thursday, Dec. 16, with an opening reception on Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Brooklyn Campus is located at 1 University Plaza, between Dekalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, email Margaret or Liz Rudey at

“The Dinner Party” is permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Seen by over a million people, it is considered one of the most influential works of art of the 20th Century. “Through this project, I hoped our students would get a sense of the accomplishments of women throughout history and an understanding of the way women’s history is often lost,” Cuonzo said. “They also gained a sense of the processes that go into traditional feminine arts, such as needlework and ceramics.”

The Brooklyn Campus students analyzed “The Dinner Party,” as well as the work of the women given place settings in it. They developed an understanding of the artistic processes involved in its creation, particularly the ceramics techniques, the embroidery and needlework.

Isabel Sierra, a junior majoring in computer science, depicted Emily Dickinson: “She was a poet whose work was not seen until after her death. I wanted people to see that her words showed us what a politically correct woman couldn’t say. This project has been a wonderful eye opener to the magnificent and intelligent women in the world who have gone unnoticed.”

Other participating students are Ariana Calderon, Phoebe Cha, Susanna Galvez, VeronicaHanna, Keely Ibrahim, Michelle Lawton, Angely Martinez, Sabina Mazur, Athena Moustakas, Angel Ng, Amanda Romhin, Orasetin Samson, Jacqueline Simonian and Gianna Spinoso.

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Posted 12/08/2010

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