Food is Art in UConn Reads Exhibits

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From UConn Today – February 2015

After reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, the book selected for the 2014-15 UConn Reads program, Barry Rosenberg soon thought of a work he would want to include in the Contemporary Art Galleries exhibition he would curate for the spring semester.

“The first piece I thought about was ‘Blister’ by Keith Edmier,” says Rosenberg, director of CAG, of the 1995 sculpture of a corn stalk that appears to have grown out of the floor of any gallery where it is exhibited.

The CAG exhibit “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Visualized” runs from Feb. 4 through April 25, with a companion UConn Reads exhibit, “Sweet Sensations,” continuing at the William Benton Museum of Art through March 29.

Pollan’s best-selling book takes readers on what Publisher’s Weekly describes as “a fascinating journey up and down the food chain,” causing readers to change the way they approach reading the content label of prepared foods and consider how what they eat arrives to the supermarket and the dinner table.

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