The Art League Presents Feast! Celebrates The Evocative and Communal Nature of Food

By Editorial Team on November 16, 2020

Mon, 12 October 2020 - Mon, 30 November 2020

Fruit Bowl (mixed media: textiles), by Susan Callahan, is the Best-in-Show Award winner.
On view through Monday, November 30.

From festive and fanciful spreads to substantive staples, food is the focus of Feast!, the November 2020 group exhibition at The Art League Gallery. It is on view through Monday, November 30, and online.

Given the intensity of 2020, says Gallery Director Ali Wunder, “We wanted to present a show that is lighthearted and comforting,” as a delightful distraction. “Artists were asked to make works that express the evocative role of food in our private and communal lives, and they really rose to the challenge! There are a variety of media and approaches to the theme.”

In addition to familiar vignettes of vegetables, fruits, meals, and desserts in paintings and drawings, food as substance and ritual—and sometimes the implements used to prepare or serve it—are depicted in sculpture, mixed media, fiber art, and photography, both representational and abstract.

Fruit Bowl, a quilted piece by Susan Callahan, appears warm and welcoming with an assortment of ripened fruit between a cheerful vase of flowers and layer cake with pink icing. Depression Era Kitchen, Frozen in Time,” Joseph Kieffer’s sculptural assemblage of found kitchen utensils, recalls the wartime food rationing and general sacrifice that the artist remembers from his youth. The heat from a steaming cauldron is palpable in Soup’s on in India, a street scene photographed by Christine Bernstein. And Nada Abizaid’s FÊTE, an ensemble of gleaming ceramic vessels, is a nod to pomegranates and the abundance they symbolize in many cultures.

Feast was juried by Norwegian painter and sculptor Anki King, who serves as exhibition manager at The Art Student League Gallery in New York. The Art League Gallery is open for in person viewing Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. There is a limit of 10 visitors in the Gallery at a time, and face masks and temperature checks are required upon entry.