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Sojourner Truth #2, Plate

Judy Chicago

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
Judy Chicago created this test plate for her room-size installation The Dinner Party (on permanent view on the fourth floor of the Museum), a milestone in twentieth-century art. The installation is composed of a banquet arranged on a triangular table with thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history.

Dedicated to the black abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth (1797–1883), this plate depicts weeping for the suffering of the slaves, a mask concealing the real self, and a fist raised in rage and defiance.
MEDIUM Painted porcelain
DATES ca. 1978
DIMENSIONS diameter: 14 in. (35.6 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE Signed middle right edge in black script: "J.C. '78"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower right edge in black script: "Sojourner Truth #2"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Judy Chicago
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CAPTION Judy Chicago (American, born 1939). Sojourner Truth #2, Plate, ca. 1978. Painted porcelain, diameter: 14 in. (35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Judy Chicago, 82.165. © Judy Chicago
IMAGE overall, 82.165_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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