For five years, feminist artist Judy Chicago worked with a community of four hundred other artists, craftspeople and researchers to create “The Dinner Party,” a monumental
tribute to women of spirit and accomplishment throughout the ages — women whose names have been banished “right out of history.” For over four of those five years, filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas followed the progress of “The Dinner Party,” recording for posterity the alternately painstaking and exhilarating process of creating this work of unprecedented scale and beauty.
“Right Out of History” reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of this enormous undertaking — the meticulous research, the technical problems and financial pressures, and the amount of sheer physical labor involved in creating a symbolic history of women’s achievements. Judy Chicago commented that “Right Out of History” “is a unique document … the only record of a contemporary working community of artists, a community which provides insights into the ateliers, workshops and guilds of the past … it is the only record of a community of primarily women trying to transform their experience into a work of art.”
Directed and edited by Johanna Demetrakas. Produced by Thom Tyson. Cinematography by Baird Bryant. Co-Edited by Nina Toumanoff. Music composed and conducted by Catherine MacDonald.
“This powerful and poignant film chronicles the trials and tribulations, the joys and fears, the emotional and intellectual growth that went into the making of ‘The Dinner Party.’ It is a remarkable story.”—The San Francisco Chronicle.
“A superb and valuable film. … It is a dual documentation of the arduous work of neglected American crafts, and of a community of feminist artists executing that work … a one time in history event. … As a film, it is its own art work…”—Film Library Quarterly.
“A coherent, accurate record of the communal process.”—The Los Angeles Times.
75 minutes • Color