Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Isak Dinesen

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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

Isak Dinesen
b. 1885, Rungsted, Denmark; d. 1962, Rungsted, Denmark

Isak Dinesen is the publishing pseudonym of Danish-born writer Karen Blixen. In 1914, Blixen moved to Kenya with her husband to direct a coffee plantation; after their divorce in 1921, she continued to manage the plantation independently for ten years. She returned to Denmark in 1931; her books Seven Gothic Tales (U.S. edition, 1934) and Out of Africa (1938) were published to wide commercial and critical acclaim.

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