Sunday, February 24, 2013

F.O.O.D. at Our Mint Mseum

This blog will post news of museum exhibits that are food-oriented.

Not since COPIA, in Napa, California, has such a fusion of food in the arts come together. This month, the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC, will open a new exhibit on March 1, 2013, with the title ART FUSION.

Sections include: salt mazes by Motoi Yamamoto, food writers' stories, and pieces for food presentation. Here is a statement  from their website:

About The Exhibition

F.O.O.D.  (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) provides a thematic look at inventive modern and contemporary objects, handmade and mass produced, that have one of three objectives: to prepare, to cook, or to present food. It includes approximately 300 selections culled from the permanent collection of the Mint, loans, and new acquisitions. The research center FoodCultura, Barcelona, headed by artist Miralda, is co-organizing the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized into four sections. The first section, TABLE, is an intimate space with low light levels, and an abstracted dining table displaying various “invented” table settings such as plates, cutlery, glasswork, and centerpieces/candelabra by different makers and of different time periods.

F.O.O.D. Stories: Food Memories from Area Writers 

Artist in Residence:

SALT  by Motoi Yamamoto  

                 “Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by; however, what I seek is to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings,” Yamamoto has said. “What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory.” Motoi Yamamoto was born in Onomichi, Hiroshima.

Motoi Yamamoto Labyrinth 2012
Tea Kettle
Eva Zeisel. American, 1906-2011
Heida Thurlow. German, circa 1944-
Chantal Cookware Corp. Houston, Texas, 1979-

KITCHEN is outfitted with “Über design” kitchen appliances and various levels of green production. Shelving installed in the kitchen holds objects made to prepare food, such as spice mills, cheese graters, ginger and garlic graters, bamboo steamers, mixing bowls, pots and pans, baking dishes, tagines, molds, and utensils. Ergonomic and green materials are also featured.

Moroccan Tagine The Moroccan Tagine

PANTRY is small and densely installed and features objects such as food and spice storage containers, mortars and pestles, tea tins, water bottles, noodle packages, chopsticks in paper, and grits packages,  as well as food advertising posters.

The last section of F.O.O.D., GARDEN, is dramatically designed with objects in the shape of fruit and vegetables. Included in the exhibition will be a Resource Room, containing books about food design and the role of food in our culture, as well as works by co-organizer Miralda, director of FoodCultura.
This will be the first fully bilingual Mint-organized exhibition, with all text panels and object labels in both English and Spanish.

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