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Obscura Day 2016: "The Dinner Party" Memory & Monumental Art on Grand Army Plaza

Discover the interplay of eros and public space in this tour of Brooklyn's monumental centerpiece.

It's Thursday evening, October 17, 1981, and you are one of the 4500 guests queueing up to see Judy Chicago's controversial new sculpture, The Dinner Party, at the Brooklyn Museum. But first you have to run the gauntlet from the 2/3 MTA station on Flatbush Avenue, through a century of (arguably misogynist) mythmaking, storytelling, and public commemoration as embodied in the scattered sculptures and statuary of Brooklyn's historic Vaux & Olmsted-designed civic piazza. Through this eccentric time warp mash up of public art, join author Kevin Dann to explore a century of Brooklyn's "erotic intercourse with the surround" as seen in and around Grand Army Plaza.

Meet at Grand Army Plaza, by the 2/3 train stop.

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