This exhibition brings together over 100 paintings sculptures and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century along with a selection of period cookbooks menus trade cards and posters to explore the art and culture of food and examine the many meanings and interpretations of eating in america. Art and appetite takes a fascinating new look at depictions of food in american art demonstrating that artistic representations of edibles offer thoughtful reflection on the cultural political economic and social moments in which they were created artists used food as prism through which they could celebrate and critique their society expressing ideas relating to politics race class and gender. Art and appetite american painting culture and cuisine art institute of chicago series authors annelise k madsen sarah kelly oehler nancy siegel ellen e roberts editor judith a barter. The art institute of chicagos current exhibition art and appetite american painting culture and cuisine explores american food culture and society spanning the last 250 years curated by judith barter it features 110 paintings sculptures and decorative art items dating from the 18 th to 20 th centuries alongside historical cookbooks menus and posters. En chicago eua art institute chicago elegant arrangements of cookies or cakes lavish and overflowing arrays of fruits or the remnants of a gluttonous feast depictions of food in ar
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