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Tweet Share This season, the Art Institute of Chicago invites visitors to feast their eyes on the rich tradition of food in American art with the opening of the major exhibition Art?
American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine. Exploring the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America, Art and Appetite--on view from November 12, through January 27, in the museum's Regenstein Hall --brings together paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century to demonstrate how depictions of food have allowed American artists to both celebrate and critique everything from the national diet to society and politics.
Following its premiere at the Art Institute, Art? Art and Appetite takes a new approach to American paintings of food, contextualizing them to rediscover the meanings they held for their makers and their public.
Despite the prevalence of such works, research has rarely focused on the cultural significance? Thematically and chronologically organized, Art and Appetite breaks with the traditional histories of the genre to explore how it illuminates American attitudes about patriotism and politics, identity and gender, progress and history, and production and consumption.
A wealth of fascinating materials are also showcased in the exhibition, including menus, cookbooks, advertisements, and decorative arts. From the earliest years of the United States, American artists such as Raphaelle Peale used still-life painting to express cultural, political, and social values, elevating the genre to a significant aesthetic language.
Later, in antebellum America, depictions of food highlighted abundance, increasing wealth, and changing social roles, while elegant decanters of wine and spirits in still-life paintings by John F.
Francis reflected the prevalence of drinking and the mid-century debates over temperance. During the Gilded Age, despite the implications of the term, American artists moved away from excess and eschewed high Victorian opulence in favor of painting the simple meal.
Many artists, such as William Harnett or De Scott Evans, also used food pictures to serve up biting political commentary that addressed the social and economic transformations of the s and s. 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. Modernist artists employed food in their radically new explorations of pictorial form, all the while challenging national ideals of family and home.
Finally, during the s and s, Pop artists, among them Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, addressed the ways in which mass production and consumption dramatically altered the American experience of food.
Hamburgers, fries, and cakes were depicted as objects of mass-produced comestibles without human referent. Artists employed new means to explore the visual power of advertising, the standardization of factory-produced meals, and the commercialization of American appetites.
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 is highly relevant, offering visitors the chance to look at depictions of American food and culture with new meaning and fresh eyes.
Salad, Sandwiches, and Dessert, For Sunday's Dinner, Art Institute of Chicago, Wilson L. This lecture occurs after the museum has closed for the evening; doors will be open at 5: Enter at the Michigan Avenue entrance only.
Ingredients of the American Appetite December 19,6: January 10, Fullerton Hall; free with museum admission Culinary historian Andrew Smith discusses gustatory explorers with connections to Art and Appetite. Major support is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and an anonymous donor.
Additional funding is provided by Mr. Weeden and the Suzanne and Wesley M. Annual support is provided by the Exhibitions Trust: To download high-resolution images representative of the exhibition, please visit the Art and Appetite press room.
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