Can Food Be Art?

Nancy Hwang and Midori Yamamura

Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

Artist Nancy Hwang has been engaged in making communication-based participatory art projects, and she proposes that food—cooking with strangers and sharing their recipes—can be a good way to get to know one another on an intimate level. Following a brief introduction to previous works by Hwang, audience members are invited to share their childhood food memories to open up a conversation. This participatory talk is open-ended, much like Nancy’s own performance work.

Nancy Hwang has been producing audience-participatory projects in galleries, museums and public spaces over the last fifteen years in North America, Europe and Asia. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland.

Midori Yamamura, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute and a Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years (2009) and a contributor to the Whitney Museum exhibition catalog, Yoyoi Kusama (2012).

In conjunction with the exhibitions MoMA Studio: Common Senses and Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000

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Common Senses at Lunchtime are made possible by an endowment established by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer.