Cultures of Desire: An Examination of Art and Food — Lecture Two: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Dates: 
October 12, 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 Two: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
This lecture will focus on the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of food and cooking. For example, how does food stimulate the reward centers of the brain? Why do people across time and cultures socialize around meals? Artworks such as sensuous Dutch still-life paintings will be read as visual poems to national pride and prosperity, filled with glorious depictions of Dutch cheese and butter, and also with international treasures such as French wine, Baltic grain for bread, Indian pepper, and Chinese porcelains.
 
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.
 
Still Life with a Nautilus Cup by Willem Claesz Heda © Alfredo Dagli Orti/The Art Archive/Corbis
Still Life with a Nautilus Cup by Willem Claesz Heda © Alfredo Dagli Orti/The Art Archive/Corbis
Phone Number: 
207-596-0949
Price: $15.00