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Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography

Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography

Main Galleries

June 13, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as a subject in photography. From basic sustenance to decadent feasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. As a subject that is commonly at hand, food has been and continues to be widely depicted. And Photographs of food – much like food itself – can raise deep-seated questions around ideas of family, tradition, lifestyle, gender, race, pleasure and disgust.

Featuring photographs from across artistic and commercial practices, the exhibition delights in the most ordinary of subjects through three dynamic themes. “Still Life” looks at the enduring artistic tradition first taken from painting, examining how photographers have followed, borrowed from, or subverted the still life genre over time. The images in “Around the Table” focus on the ritual and sense of belonging that takes place when food is shared, as wells as the values and cultural identities that they reflect. From farcical food to haute cuisine, “Playing With Food” explores how food has been a site for humor and play. In addition to the photographs, a wide-ranging display of cookbooks will provide their own visual history in context with the framed works.

Feast for the Eyes brings together a number of well-known artists, including Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman, Nobuyoshi Araki, Paul Strand, and Martin Parr, among others. The exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff.