As a young graduate student, I once took a course in the diplomatic history of the U.S. Seemingly a specialist, the professor actually gave us a detailed, thoughtful and comprehensive view of our history, beginning with the problems facing the nation from abroad and then the manner and issues surrounding their resolution.
The same approach applies to art history. By focusing on food images,the student traverses the history of art and the meanings we give to that art.
The Food in the Arts Project, entitled "Artists at the Table," began in 2003 and has documented over 1600 images in painting,photography, sculpture,film,performance art and conceptual art and literary texts,including works by a dozen Noble Prize winners. The material is organized into 25 chapters or "contexts" for analysis, presentation and, possibly, publication.
In the other side of my real life, I am a retired college teacher living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
My wife, Paula (RN, OCN), and I have a condo within 3 minutes from the city's best museums and music. We love small dinner parties, visiting California (see monaluna.com) and the occasional trip to Europe. Switzerland this coming May.