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Photo Acknowledgement Panel
Accession # 2002.10-P
Artist Judy Chicago
Title Photo Acknowledgement Panel
Date 1974–79
Medium Photographic prints mounted on board
Dimensions each: 94 3/4 x 48 1/4 x 1 in. (240.7 x 122.6 x 2.5 cm)
Credit Line Gift of The Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation
Location Visible Storage: Case 23, Screen J (Paintings)

Curatorial Remarks: These panels recognize the more than 400 women and men who worked on The Dinner Party, including portraits of 129 collaborators and the names of others who volunteered to assist. Though Chicago conceptualized and began The Dinner Party on her own, by 1976 the enormity of her vision was apparent, leading her to expand her Santa Monica studio to include dedicated workers, temporary volunteers, and even paying short-term participants who came to learn needlework or research techniques. These panels traveled to every venue of The Dinner Party’s tour, and the contributors to the project were also acknowledged in Judy Chicago’s 1979 book The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage.

Among those pictured are members of the “core team” such as Diane Gelon, Project Coordinator; Ken Gilliam, Installation Design; Susan Hill, Head of Needlework; Ann Isolde, Head of Research; Judye Keyes, Head of Ceramics/Heritage Floor; Leonard Skuro, ceramics specialist, and even Chicago’s mother, May Cohen, who spent six months helping type up women’s biographies.