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Artist Judy Chicago's gift of he controversial feminist work "The Dinner Party" to the University of the District of Columbia created a furor on campus. The UDC Board of Trustees chair signed an agreement to house the installation in the university's downtown Carnegie Library as a centerpiece exhibit, but head librarian Albert Casciero was never consulted about the decision. According to Casciero, the massive artwork would occupy nearly the entire building, leaving no room for books.
Casciero reports the 39,000-square-foot building on the school's Mount Vernon Square campus, which served as the capital's Central Library through the early 1970s, is already overcrowded.