There's nothing we like more than eating. And, in today's Instagram culture, there's nothing we like more than taking photos of the food we're eating.
But food itself as an art form? Absolutely.
Eating it, cooking it, baking it, decorating it, setting the table? All inspiration for artists, according to ESMoA curator Bernhard Zuenkeler.
ESMoA's latest show title EAT explores nearly 500 years of the creative power of food.
The show, which opens to the public Thursday, Feb. 28, has a virtual cafeteria of food art. There's works from historical representations of dining such as a print woodcut piece of “The Last Supper” by German master Albrecht Durer. There's pop art type visuals such as a photo of butter melting over an ear of corn by songwriter Carole Bayer Sager.
“In many ways, our attitude to food probably hasn't changed a lot because it was always desirable to see some food and to try out new things,” Zuenkeler said. “It's nice to see this variety of work in this show.”
But EAT is not all about savory treats, it tackles some of the controversial sides of food production including labor practices in the agricultural industry.
“There is a dark side,” said Zuenkeler of the show.
In addition to the art, the show features the decorative side of food including a dining room with table.
“The kitchen nowadays looks like very clean spaces, everybody tries to hide food behind glossy surfaces,” Zuenkeler said. “So kitchens now look very different then they looked like a couple of decades ago when you kind of presented food.”
A preview of EAT takes place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., with an introduction by Zuenkeler at 6 p.m.
EAT opens for the public on Feb. 28, beginning at 1 p.m. ESMoA is open Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
For more information, visit esmoa.org.