Feb 15th 2012

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

@ Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Opening Wednesday, February 15th, from 7:30 PM - 9 PM

On view through Sunday, June 10th

Celebrate the opening of Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

The evening features drinks with conceptual artist Tom Marioni as part of his social artwork The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art and a performance by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi.

Plus, Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen (Food Truck) will be parked outside serving regional Iraqi cuisine on limited edition paper replicas of Saddam Hussein’s china all night long.

Feast surveys the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the simple act of eating together into a compelling artistic medium. Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, 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 Abramović 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.

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