Food: What's Art Got to Do With It?

Apr 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Urban Alchemy, on view through early June at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, is an exhibition of work by the late Gordon Matta-Clark. The New York-based artist used materials he found in blighted buildings to explore space, community and social activism.

Dude was also into food.

In 1971 Matta-Clark co-founded the restaurant Food, in the then-up-and-coming artist's enclave known as SoHo. Managed and staffed by artists, Food became a meeting place for groups like the Philip Glass Ensemble, avant-garde theater company Mabou Mines and the dancers of Grand Union.

It's fitting, then, that tonight (Thursday) at 7:30, the Pulitzer will bring food into the Urban Alchemy loop, in the form of a panel discussion highlighting how a commitment to local and sustainable products figures into urban renewal and community building. The panel, moderated by Sam Fiorello, vice president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will include Paul Ha, director of the Contemporary Art Museum; Patrick Horine, founder of Local Harvest Café and the Tower Grove Farmers' Market; and Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, executive director of Gateway Greening.

Along with audience members, the panelists will explore the question, "How do communities evolve and in what ways can their members guide the process?"

They'll also discuss how art and creativity can play a role in the local-food movement. Admission is free, doors open at 7 p.m.

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts 3716 Washington Boulevard 314-754-1850

To see a review of the Urban Alchemy exhibit, click here [and scroll down].