Art/Food: Contemporary and Pulitzer Collaborate on Art for Food's Sake, and Food for Art's Sake



On June 5, Grand Center neighbors the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis join forces to present Art/Food, an event designed to bring together the two different mediums -- and the two different institutions -- for an afternoon.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Bingo, 1974. Three building fragments: painted wood, metal, plaster and glass. - MUSEUM OF MODERN ART/LICENSED BY SCALA/ART RESOURCE, NY
  • Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY
  • Gordon Matta-Clark, Bingo, 1974. Three building fragments: painted wood, metal, plaster and glass.

The special event marks a rare collaboration of the two institutions, according to Pulitzer spokeswoman Rachel Craft. "We have a collaborative blog that we've done for five years now," says Craft. "It's called Two Buildings, One Blog. But I think this is one of the first full-on collaborations that we've done on one event."

Art/Food closes the Pulitzer's exhibition Urban Alchemy: Gordon Matta-Clark, which has incorporated community-based art projects and a series of panel discussions. (The last discussion of the series, "Food, Art, and Community" can be streamed at the Pulitzer's website.) In keeping with Matta-Clark's work, Art/Food will re-create a pig roast the late artist staged beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The event will also resurrect Matta-Clark's restaurant venture Food, where people could eat food produced by artists.

Art/Food will have a significant local component -- in edible form as well as in the form of the Contemporary's Great Rivers Biennial exhibition.

"All of our public programs during the show have local themes: local food, local bands, local beer," notes Lisa Grove, spokeswoman for the Contemporary.

Kimberly Henricks, co-leader of Slow Food St. Louis, one of the event's sponsors, endorses the local angle: "One of the foremost goals of Slow Food St. Louis is to educate people about the value of fresh, local and sustainably produced food -- and, as with art, of the benefits it brings to the community."

Art/Food takes place on June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5, or a donation of flour, oil or vinegar to benefit the Saint Louis University Campus Kitchen.

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts 3716 Washington Boulevard 314-754-1850

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Boulevard 314-535-4660


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