Exhibit Reviews

An Artful Escape From 21st Century Industrial Agriculture

More than 50 paintings, drawings and watercolors of the British landscape artists, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) and  John Constable (1776-1837) are on display this winter at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown (Berkshire County), Massachusetts. The exhibition, Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape (Dec. 15, 2018-March 10, 2019), organized by curator Alexis Goodin is […]

The New England Farm Depicted In an Artful Summer Exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Lyme, CT

This summer’s exhibit, Art and the New England Farm (May 11-September 16, 2018) at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme (New London County), Connecticut confirms the museum’s importance as a destination for art lovers. Located on the southeastern Connecticut coast at the mouth of the Connecticut River (halfway between New York and Boston), the museum […]

Cultivating America’s Gardens: Thoughtful Exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History (NMAH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Opening in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology, it was renamed in 1980, and in recent years was renovated to add new exhibition spaces and an education center. The NMAH collects and […]

Artist’s Vision Spreads Nature’s Fruitfulness to Post-Industrial Bronx Landscape

“Art for art’s sake” (l’art pour l’art) is a phrase that has a long history, summed up very well in a Wikipedia article. In the 19th century, it was a slogan of defiance in the face of those “who thought that the value of art was to serve some moral or didactic purpose” and “that […]

Food-themed Art of Salvador Dali, René Magritte & Others Celebrates Gastronomy in a Surrealist Banquet

In Woody Allen’s movie Manhattan (1979), his alter-ego protagonist Issac (a divorced television writer) ponders what makes life worth living? Issac’s full list: Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the 2nd movement of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong’s Potato Head Blues, Swedish movies, Gustave Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible Apples and Pears by Paul Cezanne, […]

Freaks, Radicals and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont

Vermont Historical Society’s current exhibit, Freaks, Radicals and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont, suggests that the American local and organic food movement, now so vital across the United States and Canada, had its beginnings, in some good measure, in the back-to-the-land movement, which was a big part of the counterculture in 1970s Vermont. This fascinating exhibit, which opened […]

College Art Majors Hit The Mark: Fat, Sugar, Salt & Marketing

In late May and early June, the art departments of many, if not all, colleges bring attention to the creative energies of their graduating seniors, who have studied art and design. Here in the Capital Region of upstate New York, it’s an enjoyable experience to visit the student art exhibits mounted by colleges in the […]

The Art of the Farm: Lavern Kelley’s Folk Art

Farmer artist Lavern Kelley (1928-1995) and his brother Roger, neither of whom married, lived their entire lives on a 230 acre dairy and livestock farm, in the village of Laurens just outside Oneonta (Otsego County) in upstate New York, which had been their family’s farm since the late 19th century. Twenty years after his death, […]

Food Related Archaeological & Anthropological Treasures at Philly’s Penn Museum

Founded in 1887, Philadelphia’s University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (better known as the Penn Museum) has three gallery floors with art and artifacts from all over the world.  This extraordinary institution has conducted more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions, and Penn archaeologists and anthropologists are still exploring, excavating, and researching around the world today. […]

Art and Appetite: American Art Inspired by Food

Nine years ago in 2005, curators at the Art Institute of Chicago including Judith A. Barter, the Art Institute’s Curator of American Art, first discussed “a fresh look at still-life painting through the food represented in the pictures.”  This early beginning has culminated in an enthralling and major art show.  With paintings on loan from […]

Our Global Kitchen at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History , at Central Park West and 79th Street on Manhattan’s upper West Side has organized a major exhibit on our world’s food, “Our Global Kitchen, Food, Nature, Culture” (open Daily, 10:00AM-5:45PM until August 11, 2013).  The exhibit, curated by Eleanor Sterling, director of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and […]

Better Than A Free Lunch: Public Library’s “Lunch Hour NYC” Exhibit

The New York Public Library at its main Fifth Avenue (at 42nd Street) branch, a Greek temple-like monumental building guarded by impressive stone lions, is currently hosting a thought provoking (and free) exhibit that is nothing less than an historical and cultural analysis of “the lunch hour” (until February 17, 2013):  Lunch Hour, NYC  (Open […]

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? National Archives Exhibit On Food

An independent federal agency created in 1934, the National Archives and Records Administration is the national record keeper for the United States.  The agency safeguards records of all three branches (executive, judicial, and legislative) of the federal government.  At its monumental building on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of […]

What I Eat- Around the World in 25 Diets

The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts [1 Science Park, Boston, Ma, 617.723.2500] is currently presenting “What I Eat- Around the World in 25 Diets,” a provocative exhibit of 25 individual “food portraits” created by the husband/wife team, photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio, on display until January 1, 2012 in the Museum’s Blue […]

American Pottery in the British Studio Tradition, an exhibition at The Culinary Institute of America

  Warren Mackenzie, an American potter [http://warrenmackenziepottery.com/], studied in Great Britain in the years after World War II with Bernard Howell Leach, the father of the British studio tradition of handmade pottery, at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall [http://www.leachpottery.com/].  Until 2006, Mr. Mackenzie maintained a small showroom for his pottery, which he operated […]

Alexis Rockman, A Fable for Tomorrow

A Fable for Tomorrow is the perfect subtitle for a must-see exhibition currently on display until May 8, 2011 at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington, DC of the wondrous and powerful art of Alexis Rockman (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Street (NW), Washington DC, 202.633.7970 [http://americanart.si.edu/].  After Washington, DC, the exhibition […]

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