Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Helen Diner

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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

Helen Diner
b. 1874, Vienna; d. 1948, Geneva

Helen Diner is the American pseudonym for German-born Bertha Eckstein-Diener. Diner was a member of the "Arthurians," a group of European intellectuals active in the 1930s, who each adopted a name from Arthur's Round Table (Diner was Sir Galahad) and took a vow to research an area of knowledge generally unknown to Western audiences. Diner set out to document a feminist history of women, and infused her book, Mothers and Amazons (1930), with lyrical and poetic language.

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