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The press release read "If you're still hungry after THE DINNER PARTY, try Maria Manhattan's
THE BOX LUNCH, a major art event honoring 39 women of dubious distinction." And indeed,
at its 2 west coast runs, and its New York run in 1980, thousands flocked to this parody of Judy
Chicago's show. My exhibition honored the greats, the near greats, and the ingrates. We are
all in it together was the theme. As women, our influences include Cinderella, as well as Susan
B. Anthony...l'est we forget. The Box Lunch was an installation that included a large table with
pink bakery boxes in tribute to each of the 39 women. There was also the "more than a floor,
floor", the entrance hallway hung with laundry, and a video of "The Making of The Box Lunch."


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