When Art, Food, & Society Collide

Posted on February 15, 2012

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Plan to be downtown or in the Greater Boston area over the next few days? Consider moseying on down to the Boston Center for the Arts to immerse yourself in Caitlin Berrigan’s installation, Spectrum of Inevitable Violence, on exhibit now thru February 19 from 3-5pm.

via the BCA’s official website:

“Caitlin Berrigan baits her audiences with food—in the forms of edible sculpture and props for live participatory actions or performances—and dares her public to wrestle with the social and cultural disparities of our time. She uses food as an ironic instrument to question why the treatment of certain diseases or attitudes about specific economic opportunities are popularized over others, and how those diverse inquiries relate to a larger national conversation about class. For Berrigan, food is an accessible means through which to probe how social class permeates our culture, interpersonal relationships, and careers, amidst an ever-widening chasm between the wealthiest elite and the American majority.”

Cultural Mobility / Spectrum of Inevitable Violence (2010)Admission to the exhibit is FREE. Though her interactive performance tonight is already at capacity, Berrigan’s exhibit will be the focus of an artist discussion (also free) TOMORROW (Thursday, Feb. 16) at 6:30pm.

via the BCA’s official website:

“Biennial artist Caitlin Berrigan will be joined by Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, curator LA GALERÍA, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, and James G. Ennis, Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University with an expertise in social movements in a discussion moderated by WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov. The panelists will discuss subjects surrounding Spectrum of Inevitable Violence, such as the slippery affiliations of social class, the role culture plays in their dynamics, and how personal interrelations of class enter into larger political domains.”

Image credit: Cultural Mobility / Spectrum of Inevitable Violence (2010).

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