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July 30-November 6, 2016

Feast for the Eyes

Art Inspired by Food and Dining
in a Sweeping Two-Floor Exhibition

Tjalf Sparnaay, Fruit Salad, 2015, oil on linen, 63 X 47.75 inches. Courtesy of artist and Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

Feast for the Eyes, guest curated by Franklin Hill Perrell, explores how food has always inspired artists. The exhibition opens on July 30, 2016, and remains on view through November 6, 2016. Feast for the Eyes, a sweeping two-floor exhibition focused on food and dining in art, features works by a sweeping array of artists, including Audrey Flack, Red Grooms, George Grosz, Henri Matisse, Claes Oldenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, among many others.

Drawn from a wide variety of media, the exhibition offers viewers eclectic portrayals of feasts, eateries, restaurants, cafés, groceries, and table settings. Included are luscious depictions of edible delights by artists such as Ben Schonzeit, Gina Beavers, Luigi Benedicenti and Wayne Thiebaud. Berenice Abbott contributes iconic 1930s photographs of the Automat and other dining destinations of New York City. The designer Judith Leiber makes fabulous jeweled evening bags modeled after sensuous fruits and vegetables.

Stylistically, the works range from a classic 1908 still life by William Merritt Chase to a 1973 Pop Art painting by Roy Lichtenstein. Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld shows celebrity diners from stage and screen in his famed line drawings while The New Yorker's Roz Chast pens humorous cartoons on a range of culinary topics. Photorealistic works from the 1970s to the present day by Don Eddy, Ralph Goings and others portray a variety of gastronomic experiences. Among the Long Island artists represented in Feast for the Eyes are Frank Olt, Susan Cushing, Richard Gachot, Bruce Lieberman, Christian White and Joe Szabo.

The Museum is offering public programs for adults and family groups that will serve to enhance the experience of viewing Feast for the Eyes.

July 30-November 5
Film: Monet’s Palate

July 30-November 6
Film: Apples, Pears and Paint:
How to Make a Still Life Painting

August 5, 12, 19
Hear It! See It! Draw It!

August 23, September 20, October 18
Sketching in the Galleries

August 25, September 29, October 20
Brown Bag Lectures

September 18, 25, October 9, 16, 23
Artist in the Gallery

September 24
Monet’s Palate Cookbook:
The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny

September 25
Super Family Sunday-A Taste for Art