Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Amy Beach

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Amy Beach
b. 1867, Henniker, New Hampshire; d. 1944, New York

Amy Beach was an American pianist and the first acclaimed female composer in the United States. In 1885, though still a teenager, Beach became a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She composed more than 100 songs, an opera, various pieces of chamber, choral, and orchestral music, and also wrote articles on composition and pedagogy. After her husband's death in 1910, Beach embarked on a concert career, performing extensively in the United States and Europe.

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