Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? Is a solo exhibition as a social monument—created by artist and activist Patricia Kaersenhout and guest curated by Vivian Ziherl. The exhibition will launch an extensive new installation of sculptural glass vessels, inspired by a notion of ‘dining with the dead’. The glassworks honour the lives and struggles of women of colour throughout history and mythology, naming and narrating the lives of thirty-eight ‘heroines of resistance’.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? set out to challenge the horizon of art history with a powerful celebration of mythological, historic and contemporary women of colour. The centrepiece of the project—the elaborately set table installation,—departs from Judy Chicago’s now-canonical artwork The Dinner Party (1979).
Now, in 2019, Kaersenhout’s extensive body of sculptural glassware is inspired by the shared dining vessels from African, Latin American, and Asian contexts. By working with the tonality and transparency available in glass sculpture, Kaersenhout seeks to invoke a ‘communal body’ with the thirty-eight extraordinary women.
Image: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? at De Appel, 2019, artist Patricia Kaersenhout, image by Aatjan Renders, courtesy of De Appel