Eat This; A Socially Conscious Food Art Exhibit

MCLA Student-Curated Exhibition

March 26 – April 26

Opening Reception: March 26, 5-7p

Eat This was organized by MCLA’s Advanced Museum Studies class, taught by Laura Thompson, director of education and curator of Kidspace at MASS MoCA.

The class determined the exhibition should show that issues surrounding food are complex, and not necessarily black and white. Students fleshed out the idea for an exhibit that would bring attention to the eating habits of most Americans. Poor food choices, stress, lack of access, finances and access healthy eating choices, various diet options, marketing and packaging of food, and the food industrial complex were all topics of classroom discussions.

Eat This, features photographic work by artists Jon FeinsteinBarbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman.

Feinstein scans fast food hamburgers, French fries and chicken nuggets, naming them after the number of grams of fat they contain. His work investigates the love/hate relationships that Americans have with fast food.

Ciurej, a photographer, and Lochman, a graphic designer, developed a collaborative project entitled “Processed Views.” Using processed foods to create landscapes, the artists photographed them to look like old-time travel postcards.

Participate in Eat This by sharing your Food Portraits on the MCLA Gallery 51 Tumblr for this exhibit – http://eatthis2015.tumblr.com.  Select images from the public, along with the classes and artists, will be printed and set out in the exhibition’s faux dining area.

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Jon Feinstein                                            Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochma

23 Grams from the series fast food         Fruit Loops Landscape from the series Processed Views 2012

 

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