On view: December 4th – January 8th, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, December 4th, 6-9pm
at Bronx Music Heritage Center 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, Bronx, NY.
Ira Merritt, Irina Danilova, Michael Pribich, Nicole Dextras, Gayle Saunders, Mie Yim
The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is pleased to present cu·li·nar·y, the fifth and final exhibition in our 2015 series focused on food and its importance for the health and well-being of Bronxites of all ages. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, December 4th, from 6pm to 9pm at BRAC’s temporary gallery space at the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), 1303 Louis Nine Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460.
cu·li·nar·y offers artworks that relate to the preparation, cooking and presentation of foods that nourish, inspire, entertain and are familiar in a family-friendly way. Cooking and meal-making is an important issue at a time when the Bronx faces a growing health crisis, where obesity and hunger are both rampant due to poor nutrition. The Bronx has the city’s highest rates of obesity and twice the national average of residents who say they are not able to afford healthy food. It is a troubling fact that Bronxites do not have convenient or affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The intent of this exhibition is to offer creative and educated ways to prepare, present and enjoy one’s food, such that we learn to “eat to live”, rather than “live to eat”, and that we can encourage people to find ways to achieve better health through healthier foods. The artists in this show reflect upon this concept through various cultural and visionary perspectives.
The Food Systems, Surroundings and Sensibilities series, and cu·li·nar·y is a part of BRAC’s larger curatorial effort to draw attention to food as a creative medium, muse and indicator of culture; and to highlight social and political issues related to food and health, especially those impacting the Bronx community.
Photo: Mie Yim, “Martha Stewart Paint Chip Food Drawings”