Cultures of Desire: An Examination of Art and Food — Lecture One: The Dawn of Food

Dates: 
October 05, 2011
Times: 
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
This is the first lecture in a series of lectures examining two of our consuming passions: art and food.
 
Lecture One: The Dawn of Food
The initial lecture will trace the history of food and cooking from the Stone Age through the collapse of the Roman Empire. We will examine the extraordinary impact of food technology (hunting, cooking, and agriculture) on human evolution, how it reshaped bodies and minds. These innovations will be depicted though images by early artists on cave walls in south central France, wine bowls in Greece, and mosaic tiles across the Roman Empire.
 
Over three consecutive Wednesdays, the Farnsworth will present a special series on the interrelationship between food production/culinary history and paintings that depict food. Drawing on readings in anthropology, archaeology, material culture, social history, cookery texts and art history, Cultures of Desire will highlight some of the more unusual ways humans find and produce sustenance, and how from earliest days to the present they have created artworks that celebrate the nourishment of body and spirit.
 
MIT graduate and physician Keith Collins, MD, and Farnsworth Director of Education and Harvard instructor Roger Dell will lead this interdisciplinary exploration of art and food, using images from medical texts to cook books, from prehistoric cave walls to the Food Channel.
 
Engraving by Theodor de Bry after Their Seething of Their Meate in Earthen Pots by John White © The Gallery Collection/Corbis
Engraving by Theodor de Bry after Their Seething of Their Meate in Earthen Pots by John White © The Gallery Collection/Corbis
Phone Number: 
207-596-0949
Base Price: $15.00