Around the Table: food, creativity, community

Karen Lemon
Planting Your Dreams
Photo Courtesy Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik
To Curry Favor, 2011
Curry powder from Oasis Food Market, Oakland, California and adhesive on wall
Site specific installation
20 × 3 feet
Courtesy of the artist

Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
Modern Women #1, 2013
Digital print
30 × 40 inches
Courtesy of the artists

Jitish Kallat
Epilogue, 2010–2011
Pigment print on archival paper
753 prints
11 3/16 × 14 3/8 inches each
Display dimensions variable
Courtesy Jitish Kallat Studio

Matt Moore
Lifecycles, 2010
Mixed media
Courtesy the artist

Angela Buenning Filo
Tractor, San Jose, 2004
Chromogenic print
38 × 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Sam Van Aken
Tree of 40 Fruits, 2008—ongoing (artist’s rendering)
Grafted fruit tree
Dimensions variable
Edition of 25
Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Saturday, November 9, 2013Sunday, April 20, 2014

You are what you eat. This exhibition—the catalyst for an accompanying festival of activities presented by thirty partnering organizations—celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. The agricultural bounty of our region has brought waves of immigration (Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mexican, Vietnamese) and shaped a rich history of cultural diversity, which today we share in part via food. From food trucks to molecular gastronomy, food helps define the Bay Area’s communities. 

Every time you sit down to eat, you make choices. In today’s world, food has social, economic, and political implications. Food is charged with pleasures—and with meaning.

Around the Table unfolds in three stages at SJMA this fall, and extends far beyond the Museum’s walls. In conjunction with this expansive project, SJMA is also piloting a new, integrated arts-education initiative, “Sowing Creativity.” And some thirty partner organizations are participating in the extensive community festival of food, creativity, and community. Activities include gleaning tours, farm visits, performances, and exhibitions.

Read the Recipe Stories.

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