The Dinner Party (DP), created between 1974 and 1979 by American artist Judy Chicago, is one of the most popular and controversial feminist artworks ever to be exhibited. It gave feminist art an unparalleled visibility, but its critical assessment has changed over the years.

Chicago's project is the result of the increasing interest felt during the 1970s in the oppression and discrimination experienced by women under a patriarchal society and, more specifically, in the problems faced by the woman artist in a sexist art system. Before creating DP, Chicago had been involved in the creation of the first Feminist Art Program, in Fresno, California, in 1970. Together with Miriam Schapiro, Faith Wilding, and students from the Feminist Art Program, Chicago organized Womanhouse (1972)-one of ...

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