The fifth anniversary of Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art will present ‘First Awards,’ on Wednesday, April 18. The 15 honorees are women who were firsts in their fields. Among the awardees are: Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Connie Chung, Chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller, the first female Cherokee Nation chief, and Sandra Day O’Connor among others.
The award, a glass sculpture designed by feminist artist Judy Chicago, will be presented by iconic feminist leaders Ms. Chicago, Gloria Steinem and Elizabeth Sackler, the art collector and philantropist responsible for the museum’s feminist center. Ms. Chicago’s famed art installation ‘The Dinner Party,’ a massive triangle banquet table reclaiming 1,038 actual and mythical female figures neglected by history, remains on display at the center as a visual symbol about the omission of women’s history.
The awards are part of the Brooklyn Artists Ball, the museum’s annual gala that celebrates local artists. This year’s theme is women artist; Mickalene Thomas, Amy Sillman, and Martha Rosler will also be honored. Brooklyn native and Oscar winning actor Marisa Tomei is an honorary event chairperson.