Looking for something to do this weekend?
The Art Institute of Chicago has opened a new gallery exhibit called Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.
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.
As the Art Institute's website says: "Elegant arrangements of cookies or cakes, lavish and overflowing arrays of fruits, or the remnants of a gluttonous feast--depictions of food in art certainly convey a passion for culinary delights. Yet, still-life paintings of edibles also speak volumes about their cultural context. American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity."
Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine will be on exhibit from Thursday, November 12, 2013 - Monday, January 27, 2014. The exhibit is located in the museum's Regenstein Hall.
To learn more about the Art Institute of Chicago, including location, days and times open, and admission fees, read our Guide to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tip: From Tomato Soup Cake to Graham Elliot's Seafood Chowder and Tony and Cathy Mantuano's Turkey with Grappa and Gemolata, the Art Institute's online cookbook "celebrates Art and Appetite with over 50 recipes--both classic American dishes and innovative new offerings from Chicago's leading chefs."