NYC: Visualizing The Evolution Of Food In Art

Ever wonder if you think of dinner the same way that your 16th-century counterpart did? Find out this Thursday, May 17th at Gallery 151's exhibit: SLOW FOOD/FAST FOOD: "EAT WHAT YOU ARE" in New York City. The six-week-long exhibition will pit culinary still-lifes from contemporary artists against those of 16th–and 17th-century Old World Masters to visually juxtapose our evolving relationship to food.

Artists including Alia Diaz, Tracy Miller, John Grande, Marco Kalach, Alexander Kaletski and Jonathan Stein will present their interpertation of our present-day relationship to food through painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

To create this culinary-focused exhibit, Gallery 151 partnered with cultural food experts — Slow Food NYC — and the gallery is using the occasion to relaunch its Urban Green Initiative exhibition series. Michael Namer, founder and owner of Gallery 151, says, "SLOW FOOD/FAST FOOD: 'EAT WHAT YOU ARE' explores society's significant transition in the perception of food over the past 500 years, starting in the 16th century when food was meant to sustain, and ending in the present day when convenience is paramount, and frozen, pre-packaged meals replace fresh produce sections at the grocery store." It's safe to say you won't see any Popchips or Twinkies showing up in the work of the old masters.

Gallery 151 132 W. 18th Street, New York. Show opening: Thursday May 17th, 7:00-10:00 pm. Exhibit runs from May 17th to June 28th.