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Appetite for Art
Drink in two fun new exhibits at the de Saisset
The de Saisset Museum is taking a bite out of some major food issues in two new exhibits and the community is invited to pull up a chair.
“A Serving of Shapes” by artist Corrine Takara starts with a series of workshops that will give the public hands-on experience with 3-D printing. In workshops at the museum, people are encouraged to design an object that reflects the history of food in the Santa Clara region or their personal relationship, experiences, and associations with food.
“I really wanted to play with the contrast in the region’s agricultural past with our technology-infused present in this exhibit,” says Takara. “We’re hoping to grab people’s attention with the exciting new process of 3-D printing, but also get them to reflect on how we think about food daily.”
The next workshop will be held Jan. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Two additional workshops are being held in East San Jose in communities that are unlikely to have access to the technology involved or transportation to the de Saisset workshops. Admission is free and open to the public. Takara will pick a selection of the designs created to display in the exhibit Jan. 31 through March 16. All of the designs will also be highlighted on a tablecloth in the exhibit.
“Sip. Do Not Gulp.” is a site-specific installation exploring the importance of water to Santa Clara Valley’s agriculture. Artist Michele Guieu calls attention to shifting patterns of water usage through the history of the valley increase in water use and how it’s changed agriculture and and how the introduction of agriculture and later modern technology and infrastructure have affected water availability. Curator Lindsey Kouvaris says the exhibit is more than just an increase in how much water is used.
“Visitors have the opportunity to engage in a serious conversation about one of our most precious resources. Over the years, the climate in Santa Clara Valley has changed naturally from one that was very wet to one that is arid and plagued by drought, but we haven't adjusted our water usage accordingly. We act as if water is an unlimited resource when it's not," says de Saisset Curator Lindsey Kouvaris.
A mural designed specifically for the de Saisset spans the walls with bold color and text outlining the valley’s rich history and relationship with water and some potentially uncomfortable truths about how human behavior wastes the supply. A documentary featuring SCU engineering professor Ed Maurer, U.C Irvine scientist Jay Famiglietti, chef Andrea Bloom and Ohlone descendant Anne Marie Sayers examines the history and current water issues. The exhibit runs Jan. 17 to March 16. The mural will also become a forum as visitors are encouraged to post their thoughts and concerns on the surface of the mural.
A reception for both exhibits will be held the night of Feb. 13. For more information visit: www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/current.cfm