"American Dining: A Working Woman's Movement"
November 20 1987 - January 9 1988
"INSTALLATION: GEFENS DAIRY RESTAURANT I THROUGH JANUARY 9
PERFORMANCE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 8 PM I THE NEW MUSEUM
"American Dining; an offsite installation and a one night
performance at the Museum, explores the theme of American labor
in the 1980s from a uniquely feminist and satirical point of view.
The installation, presented at Gefens Dairy Restaurant in
Manhattan, is composed of several components: diners playing the
juke box will be treated to musical monologues by Allyn; and the
regular place-mats will be replaced with new ones, created by the
artist with content devoted to famous working women. Based on
the traditional fun-and·games format, the place-mat diversions
include, for example, " Name That Dame: Who Are These Famous
Allyn will give a live performance of "American Dining" at
the Museum on January 12. Her humorous monologue with songs
compliments the juke box recordings.
Gefens Dairy Restaurant is located at 297 Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.
Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday: l AM to 8PM; Friday: l AM to
2.30PM and Sunday: 17AM to 7PM. "American Diner" is sponsored, in part, by
the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Courtesy the Artist and New Museum Archive