Sojourner Truth test plate #2, from The Dinner Party
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Porcelain, overglaze enamels, copper alloy, and Plexiglas
plate: 1 3/8 × 14 in. diameter (3.5 × 35.6 cm) (show scale)
Copper alloy plaque on glued onto back of rise on black Plexiglas base - © JUDY CHICAGO 1975 - 79
Signed middle right edge in black script: "J.C. '78"
Inscribed lower right edge in black script: "Sojourner Truth #2"
Gift of Judy Chicago
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Judy Chicago (American, born 1939). Sojourner Truth test plate #2, from The Dinner Party, ca. 1978. Porcelain, overglaze enamels, copper alloy, and Plexiglas, plate: 1 3/8 × 14 in. diameter (3.5 × 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Judy Chicago, 82.165. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.165_PS1.jpg)
overall, 82.165_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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What is this?
This is a test plate for the Sojourner Truth place setting in Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Chicago went through a lot of trial and error when creating the dimensional, carefully painted plates. She made many plates as tests of her techniques before creating the final plate that you can see in the installation.
Ahh, what’s a test plate?
This is basically like a sketch in preparation for the final work!