About the show
Food Situations is a special Banvard Gallery exhibit designed to accompany the symposium Situating Food that the Knowlton School will host on November 8-9, 2013. The exhibit and symposium will identify models, foster innovation, and offer criticism of issues that impact food security, food justice, production, access and cultural awareness, especially as they influence trends in urban revitalization.
Champions of the local food movement have held up projects such as urban farming as a potential economic boom to urban populations, a step toward the true reformation of the industrial food system and catalyst for neighborhood identity, social cohesion, and urban resilience or rebirth. Simultaneously, emerging critics have decried such efforts as a paternalistic attempt to 'save' central city populations as gentrification displaces current residents and property values increase. Divergent discourses on the subject make the topic of local food a socially, politically, economically, and ecologically charged issue in need of discussion and healthy, inclusive models.
Opening Night Reception
An opening night reception for the Food Situations exhibit will be held in Knowlton Hall, 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. The reception will be free and open to the public. The event will feature an art piece by Ann Silverman titled "Table Settings" which will emerge temporarily as the food at reception.