Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society. Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović, Theaster Gates, Fallen Fruit collective and Rirkrit Tiravanija, who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium.
On view July 25 – November 30
Opening Reception, Ice Cream Social: July 25, 4-6 PM
Fischman Lobby, Gund Gallery
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith, former Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Feast is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Generous major support has also been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, Helen Zell, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation, the University of Chicago’s Arts Council, and Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick. The Gund Gallery presentation of Feast is made possible, in part, by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the Gund Gallery Board of Directors.