Last Call for Art & Appetite
Now through Monday, January 27, 2014
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Open daily 10:30–5:00
FREE on Wednesdays all day and Thursday 5:00- 8:00pm
This exhibit celebrates the kitchen with 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts featuring masterpiece “slices” from the 18 – 20th centuries. Some of Chicago’s most prominent chefs like Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot) and Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen and Bar) have stopped by and contributed recipes to an online cookbook.This is it’s last week on display at the Art Institute and you don’t want to miss this modern journey of true culinary art!
American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity. This exhibition brings together over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, along with a selection of period cookbooks, menus, trade cards, and posters, to explore the art and culture of food and examine the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America.
In the 20th century new ways of eating and socializing began to change depictions of food in art. Restaurant dining—still novel in the United States in the late 19th century—became a common subject in the works of William Glackens, John Sloan, and others. Café and cocktail culture became increasingly important, described in the work of Stuart Davis and Gerald Murphy, even as Prohibition banned the consumption of alcohol.
Today as professional and home chefs increasingly turn toward local, organic food and American society ponders its history as a fast-food nation, this exhibition on the historical art of eating allows viewers to look at depictions of American food and culture with new meaning and fresh eyes.