Essential for existence, food is ingrained in all aspects of our lives and plays a significant part in our social and cultural life. Depictions of food can be found in art throughout human history and across all geographical and cultural regions, including those in the art of the United States. Food and its consumption have always informed who we are and what we value. In this country, artists have used food as a consistent motif to explore both its strengths and its defects. It is woven into the fabric of our lives and connects with larger themes that have immediacy today. Politics, gender, race, religion, and class find purchase in our edible art history.
Virginia MOCA will explore these connections by partnering with the Chrysler Museum of Art to present a selection of works from their collection exploring themes of food in American art. The United States holds and celebrates ideals of bounty for everyone, but it also has flaws. When posited against imagery that critiques those ideals, an intriguing dialogue emerges. The works in American Appetite will span from the country’s infancy until recent years and feature artworks from across their collection including painting, photography, and printmaking.
Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator. All artworks were lent by the Chrysler Museum of Art.
American Appetite is generously supported by the Rutter Family Art Foundation.