Monday, July 7, 2008

From Whence They Came

The statues of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Our main reason for going to the Brooklyn Museum was to catch the much-ballyhooed Murakami exhibit before it ends next this weekend, but as we were leaving we stumbled upon Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (how's that for an imposingly named wing!).

I wasn't familiar with the piece when reviews of Manhattan Theatre Club's recent revival of Top Girls referenced it, and now that I am I'm even more impressed with Caryl Churchill's ability to take inspiration from a rather dry and didactic installation and find such wit, humor and heart.

One omission from Chicago's dinner party of 39 notable women in history that seems particularly egregious to me is Eleanor Roosevelt, especially because I spent Saturday in Hyde Park, N.Y., traipsing around the wonderful FDR Presidential Library and Museum (pictured), including a side trip to the home Eleanor called her own.

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