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Brooklyn Museum will be presenting the First Awards on April 18, as part of the fifth anniversary of the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler center for Feminist Art.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - The First Awards, given to women who were first in their fields, include: Sandra Day O'Connor; Jessye Norman; Toni Morrison; Connie Chung; choreographer and director Susan Stroman; former president of Planned Parenthood, Faye Wattleton; and Chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Judy Chicago, Gloria Steinem, and Elizabeth Sackler, the art collector and contributor behind the center, will be presenting the award, which is a glass sculpture designed by the artist Ms. Chicago.
The famous feminist artwork "The Dinner Party," also created by Chicago, is a triangular table with personalized place settings for 39 women of both myth and history is now on permanent display at the Sackler Center. Those who are the award recipients will become 21st-century members of the fourth wing of "The Dinner Party," permanently.
This year's awards are part of the Brooklyn Artists' Ball, the museums annual festival event that celebrates the local artists.
This year's focus are female artists; Martha Rosler, Amy Sillman and Mickalene Thomas.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.