Friday, November 8, 2013

Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine

Coming to our own Regenstein Hall this November, an introspective into the art and culture of food, explaining the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America.  With a concentration on the 18th through the 20th century, this exhibition is comprised of over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, as well as a selection of cookbooks, menus, trade cards, and posters.

We will have plenty of related products to accompany you home as well...  posters, postcards, magnets and mugs featuring shop favorites like Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Doris Lee's Thanksgiving.  Items that allow you to be the artist like our Fruit Loop Bowl and Artist Palette Tray.  Beautiful glass sculpture, graphic aprons and tea towels, wooden play food for kids, and so much more!

We can't wait to see some of the amazing pieces featured in this exhibition.  And it's got us thinking... are we moving back towards this early reverence for our food and meals?  Food photography is gaining popularity in a time where we like to share the beauty in the mundane.  Publications such as Kinfolk and Sweet Paul feed our culture a mix of art and inspiration, putting forth images of food styled in such an honest and candid way that the reader doesn't know whether to frame it or make it.  Whether you are an artist, food enthusiast, or mom of four instagramming her roast chicken with pickled beets; we seem to be taking more pride in our culinary creations.

Photo by Frances Janisch courtesy of Sweet Paul

Don't miss out on this opportunity to feed your mind, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine runs November 12th through January 27th.  Let it take you through our past relationship with food and American society, and see if you ponder our present as we did.

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