When Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator Stephanie Smith recruited artists for Feast, the museum’s upcoming exhibition, she approached the guest list like any careful host.
“It was very akin to the process of putting together a dinner party,” she said. “You want to make sure everyone is contributing something valuable to the whole mix; you need people with different approaches to making art in order to produce a rich experience both within and outside the gallery.”
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, opening Thursday, Feb. 16 and running through June 10, engages audiences with the integral role that meals have played in artistic expression, dialogue, and progress since the early 20th century. Feast will offer viewers a number of ways to experience the installation—through permanent pieces on display in the Smart Museum’s gallery, and through an assortment of interactive elements and public events set in the museum and across Chicago.