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2017–2018 Artmobile Exhibition

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

A Feast For the Eyes

Food is a thread that has woven together cultures for thousands of years. Beyond a basic necessity of life, food is often the centerpiece of our ceremonies and celebrations. Recipes are cherished traditions handed down through generations; shared meals cement personal and professional bonds. Since the dawn of civilization, vessels laden with edible goods have crossed vast distances, bringing with them the exchange of knowledge and cultural practices. Images of food have long served as indicators of time and place as both locally-sourced ingredients and exotic imports represent the geographic, economic, technological, and environmental aspects of a land and its people.

A Feast for the Eyes presents a visual survey of the evolution of food from fuel to fine dining. As ingredients become more abundant and easier to obtain, cooks are emboldened to experiment—what was once simply viewed as a source of energy has become a medium for the creation of edible masterpieces. Chefs and visual artists alike utilize elements of color, texture, and balance; their techniques differ, but their goal is the same: to skillfully and artistically combine a palette of ingredients to appeal to our “tastes” and satisfy the senses. This exhibition brings viewers into communion with works from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection and offers a satisfying buffet of various artistic methods and techniques.

Bon appétit!

2017–2018 Artmobile Curriculum Guide

A Feast for the Eyes Artwork Slideshow

Featured Works from the Exhibition

Jack Beal, American (Richmond, Virginia 1931 – 2013, Oneonta, New York ), Oysters with White Wine, 1974, four-color lithograph of paper, 13 x 17 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Memorial Acquisition Fund. 1975.004.005

David Gilhooly, American (Auburn, California 1943 — 2013, Newport, Oregon), Donuts & Bagues, 1980, hand-built, glazed low-fire whiteware, 1 3/4 x 3 ¼ x 3 1/4 inches each, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection 1995.065.004

Gregory Halili, Filipino (Manila, Philipines, 1951 — ) , Two Fish, 2011, watercolor on paper, 12 x 13 7/8 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of the Estate of Anne Agee Hickman in honor of Alcorn Minor. 2015.014

Don NIce, American (Visalia, California, 1932 — ), Radishes, 1972, watercolor on paper, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection:Purchased with Gallery Contributions. 1995.009.001

Edward Steichen, American (Bivange, Luxembourg, 1879—1973, West Redding, Connecticut), Avocados, New York, 1930, printed 1981 – 1982, gelatin sliver print, 10 1/2 x 13 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Diane and Sanford M. Besser and Irene and George H. Davis. 1983.004.018

Francisco Zúñiga, Mexican (Guadalupe, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1912 — 1998, Mexico City, Mexico), Yucateca Con Fruta, 1974, color screenprint on paper, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Joel B. Leff and J. Anthony Forstmann, New York, New York 1980. 1980.22.b


Sponsored by

Anthony Timberlands, Inc.

Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

Union Pacific Foundation

Arkansas Elecric Cooperative Corporation

Bank of the Ozarks

Bemis Company Foundation

Kum & Go

Sheridan Garrison Foundation

With special appreciation to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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