Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

February 16 – June 10, 2012

Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren't always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.

Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity. Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, the exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Feast addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.

Join the Feast

Prvacki_132.jpg Join the feast and discover first hand the ways in which artists are using shared experiences with food and drink to spark new encounters with the world around us. As part of the exhibition, the Smart presents an array of participatory projects, meals, and salons that take place within the Smart Museum and throughout Chicago.

Highlights include The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest form of Art, ritual soul food dinners, the roving Iraqi cuisine Enemy Kitchen food truck, and a series of one-on-one meals with artist Lee Mingwei, held after hours within a sculptural installation at the Smart.

Learn more »

Videos

Video: Artist Sonja Alhäuser talks about using a recipe drawing to create a “catering performance” for Feast.
 

What does hospitality mean to the artists involved in Feast? Exhibiting artists Marina Abramović, Theaster Gates, Alison Knowles, Michael Rakowitz, and others talk about the inspirations and ideas behind their projects in a series of videos.

Browse all the videos below. They're also available on iPads in the exhibition itself.

Marina Abramovic Communist Body Fascist Body

Marina Abramović
Communist Body/ Fascist Body

Marina Abramovic Performance

Marina Abramović
Performance

Sonja Alhauser Flying Feast

Sonja Alhäuser
Flying Buffet

Mary Ellen Carroll Itinerant Gastronomy

Mary Ellen Carroll
Itinerant Gastronomy

Theaster Gates Dorchester Projects

Theaster Gates
Dorchester Projects

Theaster Gates Soul Food Pavilion

Theaster Gates
Soul Food Pavilion

Theaster Gates Soul Food Starter Kit

Theaster Gates
Soul Food Starter Kit

Mella Jaarsma I Eat You Eat Me

Mella Jaarsma
I Eat You Eat Me

Mella Jaarsma Pribumi

Mella Jaarsma
Pribumi Pribumi

Alison Knowles Fluxus Scores

Alison Knowles
Fluxus Event Scores

Alison Knowles Identical Lunch

Alison Knowles
Identical Lunch

Suzanne Lacy Boycott Performance

Suzanne Lacy
Boycott Performance

Suzanne Lacy International Dinner Party

Suzanne Lacy
International Dinner Party

Lee Mingwei The Dining Project

Lee Mingwei
The Dining Project

Lee Mingwei Fill Out Your Card

Lee Mingwei
Fill Out Your Card

Lee Mingwei Origins

Lee Mingwei
Origins of Hospitality

Laura Letinsky Artist Lunch

Laura Letinsky
Artist's Lunch

Laura Letinsky Early Work

Laura Letinsky
Early Work

Laura Letinsky Inspiration

Laura Letinsky
Inspiration

Laura Letinsky Shift

Laura Letinsky
Shift

Tom Marioni The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art

Tom Marioni
The Act of Drinking Beer...

Ana Prvacki The Greeting Committee

Ana Prvacki
The Greeting Committee

Ana Prvacki Inspiration

Ana Prvacki
Inspiration

Michael Rakowitz Enemy Kitchen Food Truck

Michael Rakowitz
Enemy Kitchen (Food Truck)

Michael Rakowitz Origins of Enemy Kitchen

Michael Rakowitz
Origins of Enemy Kitchen

Michael Rakowitz Return

Michael Rakowitz
Return

Michael Rakowitz Saddam's Plates

Michael Rakowitz
Saddam's Plates

Artists

Feast includes art, documentary materials, and new public projects by Marina Abramović and Ulay, Sonja Alhäuser, Mary Ellen Carroll, Fallen Fruit, Theaster Gates, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, InCUBATE, The Italian Futurists, Mella Jaarsma, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Lee Mingwei, Laura Letinsky, Tom Marioni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mildred's Lane, Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick, motiroti, National Bitter Melon Council, Ana Prvacki, Sudsiri Pui-Ock, Michael Rakowitz, Ayman Ramadan, Red76, David Robbins, Allen Ruppersberg, Bonnie Sherk, Barbara T. Smith, Daniel Spoerri, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Tour

Possible additional venues to be announced.

Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston
September 7–December 7, 2013

SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico
February 1–May 17, 2014

Gund Gallery, Kenyon College
July 25–November 30, 2014

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
January 31–May 10, 2015

Curator

Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Support

Feast is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Generous major support has also been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, Helen Zell, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation, the University of Chicago's Arts Council, and Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick.

TremaineLogo.png

Chicago Community Trust       NEA-logo-color.png       artscouncil.png

Presented in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Gallery, the Robert and Joan Feitler Gallery, and the Joel and Carole Bernstein Gallery.

Share this:
The University of Chicago smARTKids