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A Dinner Party with Pussy Riot and Judy Chicago

June 11, 2013, 10:22 am

931371_10151495735323732_753159410_nTwo members of the Moscow-based feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot have been spotted in New York City in the last week.  One of their destinations was the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where they took in the premiere of the HBO documentary, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.” Since members of the collective wear neon balaclavas when they perform publicly, the celebrity crowd — which included Patti Smith — did not initially know that they were there.  According to The New York Times, the pair also hit “the feminist bookstore Bluestockings on the Lower East Side,” met ”with leaders of Occupy Wall Street and receiving a guided tour of  “The Dinner Party,” Judy Chicago’s feminist installation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.”

Could I be happier to see The Dinner Party back in the news, and a revived interest in this recent past from young feminists? Probably not, since the latest book in the series that Renee Romano and I edit for the University of Georgia Press is Jane Gerhard’s The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism (see other titles in the series here, and a terrific review from publisher’s weekly here.) If you actually live in New York, you can see Gerhard and Chicago together at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Thursday July 11 at 6 p.m. Pussy Riot won’t be there — but Tenured Radical (always recognizable in my distinctive black tee shirt) will be.

 

 

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