• Sonja Alhäuser, Flying Feast, 2012. Catering performance with butter sculptures, marzipan sculptures, various foods, miniature watercolors at the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Sonja Alhäuser, Flying Feast, 2012. Ink and gouache on paper. Commissioned by the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Mella Jaarsma, I Eat You Eat Me, 2002, Photographic documentation of a performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Lee Mingwei, The Dining Project, 1998–2012, documentary photo of performance at the Whitney Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects.
  • David Robbins, Ice Cream Social, 1993–2008, Participatory artwork; Refrigerator, hand-made bowls, magnets, documentation of events, video excerpt of TV pilot, artists’ book. Courtesy the artist.

Feast, SITE Santa Fe

Radical hospitality in contemporary art.

February 1-May 18, 2014


Since the 1930’s, many artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.

“Feast” surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avante-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity. The exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramovic and Rirkrit Tiravanija. “Feast” addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.

(from the SITE winter/spring newsletter).

Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For culturevulture.net, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."