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THE CREATION OF "THE BOX LUNCH"
Life hasn't been easy on Judy Chicago. Like a bothersome gnat on
the back of a lumbering elephant, The Box Lunch followed Chicago's show
2,000 miles across the country. Some critics found it a "devistating
critic" but its creator, Maria Manhattan, insists she never intended the
show as a put-down. "I think the two shows compliment each other,"
she said recently.
- Steven Hager
HORIZON, March 1981
"After seeing Judy's show I decided she left out some of my favorites.
I have been trying to build respect for these gals who related the
women's experience to us before we all got so hip - those ladies who
gave us the role models we grew up with. Let's not forget them."
"In the beginning, I was just another
self-centered artist. And then I beheld a vision. And lo, a
sign was given unto me. And the sign said, Look, Maria, already you're
in your 30's. You're a good artist, but recognition-wize you're
still on the other side of the tracks. Capitalize on a movement!
Jump on a bandwagon! ...
"And lo, I conceived the concept for The Box Lunch."
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"I decided to throw a box lunch, since
women have traditionally
spent so much time making lunch for others."
"Sidney has misplaced two rolls of film with vital pics on it!
I could just die! I told Sidney to go out and have a picture taken
of herself 'cause she's gonna look different next week! ..."
"Some people went to great lengths (floor lengths) to become a part of
The Box Lunch. ..."
"I changed my name to Maria Manhattan, to protest all names imposed upon
us by the male-dominated phone system."
"Still hungry after the Dinner Party?"
"I seat my luncheon guests around a square shaped table. This
large table is composed of many smaller tables which symbolize and
embody the multifaceted concept of the female principle (kitchen table,
card table, picnic table, etc.)."
"Tonight Bermuda Schwartz said to me, 'You know Maria, you're one
of the biggest assholes I've ever known!'
That comment made me feel just great! I felt like I was really
communicating with another woman in a very real way."
"Someone else told me how she enjoyed hanging out
in my studio. She said it made her feel elevated. I
suggested that maybe it was the drugs she was taking."
"On our opening day, women around the world will sit out on their
stoops and eat lunch, in honor of this show."