“You are what you eat”. We have probably have heard that phrase time and time again. Well the phrase is bound to be resurrected in a new exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA).
This Saturday, the museum is opening the exhibition Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community. It is a catalyst for an accompanying festival of activities presented by thirty partnering organizations, each celebrating and exploring the role that food plays in our lives. The upcoming exhibition also explores the Bay Area’s rich history of cultural diversity, brought in by waves of immigration (Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Vietnamese), and help define the Bay Area’s communities.
The art in Around the Table will feature works from 29 contemporary artists, all of which have the subject of food as a growing importance. Each work revolves around three primary topics: healthy eating, food and community, and food issues. Two of those works can be sampled on SJMA’s website at www.sjmusart.org, including a mixed media by Matt Moore titled Lifecycles.
The exhibition unfolds in three stages; one that will extends beyond SJMA’s walls. Part one is already in motion, and it’s Jitish Kallat: Epilogue, which consist of a personal series of photographs of progressively eaten roti (a round, traditional South Asian flatbread), with each image represents one of the 22,000 moons, bearing witness to his late father’s 62-year lifespan. Stage Three opens on December 19th, and it’s titled Talk Around the Table. This is where in SJMA’s Davies Gallery becomes a spot for participation into a range of hands-on activities, viewing of documentaries, and to share ideas via social media.
The Around the Table series rolls on until April 20th, 2014.