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Transcript The Dream What keeps Chicago, Gelon and the others going, is the incredible potential the exhibit has for connecting women with their past and present and with each other. "Everyone goes in to see what she wants to see. You can go into as much depth as you need," says Gelon. In San Francisco, the visitors came for something different. Gelon described it: "We watched people standing in line for hours talking to each other-total strangers. There was a lot of crying and hugging, but there was almost no noise once you got inside the room. You could hear a pin drop. There was this incredible sense of sacredness about the piece that people sensed. The curator told us there was absolutely no vandalism of the exhibit—which is rare." The exhibit space at UH/CLC is one of the finest spaces available in the country, according to Gelon, who feels that the Houston audience will see the exhibit as it was meant to be seen. "In a totally darkened room, the porcelain shines and the piece looks as if it's going to float," says Gelon. Oddly, neither Chicago, Gelon nor anyone else who had worked on the project, had seen the work put together before the San Francisco showing, so the exhibit took shape before their eyes. "I didn't go up for the installation in San Francisco, so I asked Judy if she'd go in with me to see it. We had a special moment there, just the two of us. Judy talks about how she was just a vehicle for the project—but we felt that those historic women were there with us all along," Gelon said. The women working on the project felt the same way. "Each woman was responsible for one runner, and after a while, they began to take on the characters they were working with. They'd leave notes for each other saying 'Queen Elizabeth needs blue thread.' " The audience too, promises to be an interesting mix. "You get feminists, artists, historians, and then we get the embroidery guild and the stitchery club, the women who are there with their magnifying glasses. We get business women, and women who are working in the home. And lots of men, too." It's said that Susan B. Anthony came to feminism by way of quilting bees, the 19th century version of consciousness- raising groups. They were community events where a woman could share her talents with other women and tell her story, away from the children and household duties. If that's true, Houston is preparing for the quilting bee of this century. The Dinner Party promises to connect Houston women in a profound new way. The Dinner Party Committee plans to put the fun into fundraising. $50,000 is needed to pay the costs of shipping, installing, and administering the exhibit-and they have unique ways to raise the money, needed well before opening day, March 9. The Dinner Party exhibition honors 39 women with ceramic and embroidery place settings, and the table itself rests on a Heritage Floor of porcelain tiles inscribed with 999 names of notable women. In order to raise nearly $30,000 of the total required, the committee is asking individuals, groups, and businesses to sponsor either a place setting, for $500, or a tile, for $10. To date, 12 of the 39 place settings and 208 of the 999 floor tiles are reserved. The committee suggests sponsoring a tile or plate as a gift. There are musicians, scientists, scholars, suffragettes, and plenty of witches and goddesses to choose from. $500 for a place setting may sound impossible to attain. But fun-the committee says: Give a dinner party! If several friends planned a spaghetti supper honoring Isabella d'Este, for example, invited 50 people to come at a $10 donation, the $500 would be there before the coffee was served-and the hostesses could share the cost of the party. A Middle Eastern menu for Ishtar, a musicale for Ethyl Smyth, a Parisian salon or costume party for Natalie Barney-and, of course, a barbecue honoring Petronilla de Meath, who was burned as a witch. The committee wants to call on professional clubs, women in medicine, law, art, education-athletes, embroiderers, and students of lunar and goddess lore to combine their efforts to honor the woman of their choice. Donors will be honored with recognition on a panel in the photo-documentation exhibit at Clear Lake, invitation to one of the festive openings before March 9, and , for those who give $500, a signed limited edition of the exhibition poster. An insert in the brochure accompanying the exhibit will list the donors and the women sponsored by them. All contributions are tax deductible. The remaining historic women available for sponsorship are all described in The Dinner Party, a book by Judy Chicago. Copies are on hand at The Bookstore at 1728 Bissonnet, where booksellers have volunteered to keep an updated list of all tiles and plates sponsored. The Bookstore is open 10-6 Monday through Friday, 10-5 Saturday, 2-6 Sunday, and stays open till 8 every Wednesday night. For program presentations, call Dean Calvin Cannon's office at UH/CLC 488-9236 or a representative of TACO (Texas Arts &Cultural Organization) at 527-8522. Slide shows are available, and speakers will bring copies of Judy Chicago's books to sell as an additional fundraiser. There are posters, postcards, and slides for sale, too-at UH/CLC and at The Bookstore. Whatever your taste, the Dinner Party Committee is ready to help—and the more fun it is, the more funds there will be to bring this historic exhibition to Houston. THE LEGEND OF LADY GODIVA If she were mentioned at all in 1060, she was "the wifexof the Earl of the Kingdom of Mercia." In his kingdom the earl and "his wife" founded and endowed a monastery at the township of Coventry upon which he levied extremely heavy taxes. "The wife of the earl" was strongly opposed to this exploitation; but, typical of the condition of women of her time, had little authority upon which to act. As her only recourse she entreated her husband so fervently to relieve the citizens of this inequitable burden that he made her a bold challenge: he would reduce Coventry's taxes if she rode naked through its market place. To the earl's great astonishment, his wife made up in spirit what the law denied her in power. Mounted on her steed and covered only by her long, flowing tresses, "the wife of the earl" warned the townspeople to remain indoors and took her ride, after which her husband promptly freed the town of all tolls. For centuries the Godiva Procession has been the highlight of the Coventry Fair which is held in honor of the courage of the wife of Leofric who, if he is mentioned at all today, is "The husband of Lady Godiva." An 1835 ink print of Lady Godiva (above) will be raffled during the First Annual Women's Craft Fair. Drawing is Sunday, November 18 at 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Houston Area Women's Center. I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE HOUSTON AREA WOMEN'S CENTER BY BECOMING A MEMBER: Name Phone Address Zip Large Business/Professional Firms Small Business/Professional Firms Organizations Individuals Students // u a policy o/ the Houiton Art* Women 'i Center that RETURN CONTRIBUTIONS TO: HOUSTON AREA WOMEN'S CENTER P.O. Box 20186 - Room E 401 HOUSTON, TEXAS 77025 (713) 792-4403 $300.00 or more 100.00 or more 25.00 or more 25.00 or more 10.00 r* be denied membership because of finmnci*! difficulty NOVEMBER 1979 25 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH