“The Dinner Party” and a Few Missing Guests
Judy Chicago’s iconic contribution to feminist art, “The Dinner Party”, has been hailed as the core inspiration for Second-wave feminism. However, it's flaws reveal the weak points within modern feminism and the importance of historical context. Created before modern progressivism, “The Dinner Party” has been critiqued especially for its approach towards black women and its importance on genitalia in femininity. The controversy around Chicago’s piece invites modern feminists to examine not only their ideology, but themselves.