Opened in late February, Cornucopia runs until May 22nd, 2016 and showcases works by both established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as artistic mediums or points of departure.
Cornucopia, from the Latin for Horn of Plenty, is a multidisciplinary and trans-historical exhibition that teases out various strands of investigation around the ideas of the production, consumption and distribution of food. The pieces also examine to metaphorical meanings, socio-cultural uses and representations of food within art history.
“Food, and its ethics, are very much topics of our times. What we consume, how it’s produced, and how it arrives at our table are realities of our every-day lives, “ says SAM’s Acting Director, Dr Rebecca Coates notes “Cornucopia touches on many of these themes: from food miles and sustainability to famine and lack, or genetic modification and the consequences of globalised production. The exhibition also explores cultural and religious food traditions and the significance of certain ingredients such as olive oil and salt. Located in country Victoria, SAM also celebrates those marvellous Australian institutions such as the CWA and their pursuit of the perfect asparagus roll and cup of tea.”
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 27 February 2016 to Sunday 22 May 2016.
Shepparton Art Museum