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Diane Gelon (1) and Mary Ross Taylor are planning a series of activities to promote The,
Dinner Party before its official opening next March. Gelon's partner, artist Judy Chicago,
will lecture on the exhibit on Tuesday, November 27 at 8 pm at the First Unitarian
Church. Tickets will be available at the door. On the preceding Sunday, November 25,
a reception will be held for Chicago at the UH/CLC.
The Dinner Party
by Diane Brown
When word came in early October that
The'Dinner Party will come to University
of Houston/Clear Lake City in March,
1980, a sense of excitement and anticipation began rippling through the Houston
Then came the second wave of news:
$50,000 would have to be raised by the
community to bring, install and administer the show. (See box on fundraising on
By art world standards, these costs are
right in line with other major exhibits.
What is unusual—and remarkable—about
the arrangement with UH/CLC is that
Through the Flower, the artist Judy
Chicago's foundation which created the
work, will get some of the profits from
Diane Gelon, Chicago's partner, was in
Houston recently promoting the exhibit,
and she explained that The Dinner Party
must draw 20,000 "guests" to break even.
Profits will go to Through the Flower,
then to TACO (the Texas Arts Cultural
Organization) to encourage future Dinner
Partys, and to UH/CLC which plans to
plow the money back into women's
While it may sound logical for the artist to receive a share of the profits from
an exhibit of her work, this is not usually
the case. The San Francisco opening last
Spring—which drew over 100,000 visitors
-earned handsome profits for the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but
not one dime for Judy Chicago.
TACO organizer Mary Ross Taylor
adds, "You have to understand the way
the art world works. Anybody who has a
major show is supposed to deem it an
honor to present their work in the museum. Artists are supposed to pay their bills
with fame, not money."
Chicago has had to do just that, and
according to Gelon, the $200,000 Dinner
Party project is in debt. "Judy poured all
her book advances, everything she got
from the sale of her own work went into
it. We haven't been able to pay our bills
for two months. We owe our framers over
$3,000, the tile makers $500. And there's
a $20,000 loan from the First Women's
Bank of California. Our note on that
alone is $863 a month."
Add to that a $1,000 a month bill for
storing the exhibit, and you begin to understand the mammoth job of supporting
and promoting an important work of art
like The Dinner Party.
The Houston exhibit, therefore, is
more than just another opening. It's a
chance for Chicago and her organization
to recoup some of their debts, and get on
their feet financially. "Every night before
we go to sleep we visualize $50 bills,"
says Taylor. "But we will raise that money, there's no doubt about that."
Diane Brown is a working feminist.