Turner Print Museum Exhibition — Sustenance: Food/Life/Art — Runs March 3-April 9

Publicity PhotoAs a companion to last semester’s Containing Spirit: The Vessel, The Turner’s exhibition Sustenance:  Food/Life/Art, March 3-April 9, examines artistically a subject common to all.  Just as vessels become metaphors beyond their practical purpose, food is more than fuel for existence. Common familiarity with the art genre of the still life, the arrangement of food can tell us not only about the artful composition within a picture plane, but also about social status and prevalent custom.  Isolated food images focus not so much on use or setting but the natural drama of form as serene contemplation.  Some food causes the instinctive “good/bad” response and these images allow us to examine our personal obsessions and histories.

Food is also an industry with its practices visually documented and may in fact lead back in time to a more intimately connected understanding basic needs and what the land can provide.  As we move from personal agrarian to supermarket shelves we can question our mindfulness of personal sustenance.  As the ever-present Facebook food “selfies” show us today, food is necessary, communal, social, and on occasion, iconic!

To develop additional context for food as subject, CSU, Chico Associate Professor Joan Giampaoli, PhD, RD from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science was invited to view related prints from the Turner Print Collection to help interpret deeper paths for understanding the art.  Giampaoli’s research on food preferences and consumption of specific food groups.  She has partnered with faculty in Child Development and Psychology to better understand how to prevent disorder eating in middle school students, and also teaches courses on foodservice management and procurement.

As guest curator Dr. Giampaoli with speak on food and its imaged connection on Thursday, March 10, 5:30 PM, Rowland Taylor Recital Hall, PAC 134 on the CSU, Chico campus.  Her presentation will be followed by a reception in the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library. Both are free and open to the public.

"My undergraduate degree was in Nutrition Science at San Jose State University," said Dr. Giampaoli. "My passion for food lead me to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA where I graduated as a Certified Chef. This background has allowed me to combine my love of cooking and culinary tradition with nutrition. For me, food not only provides the nutrition we need to survive, it has artistic meaning to our life and fulfills us on both of these levels. As guest Curator for this Turner exhibit I've included art on themes of farming of land, the preservation of food, and the globalization of food through large-scale farming. The exhibit will also present food from an artistic, life-enriching viewpoint that shows the seductive quality of food, food used as ceremony, and the meditation/purity of food."

Additional exhibition prints are displayed in cases on the first floor of Ayres Hall.  For additional information or to schedule a special group tour call the Museum office, 530-898-4476 or email curator Catherine Sullivan - csullivan@csuchico.edu.  Visit the Turner Museum on the web at www.janetturner.org  and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheTurnerPrintMuseum.

The Turner Print Museum is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. The Turner is open and free to the public Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during exhibitions. Parking is available on nearby Chico streets and also at adjacent Chico State parking lots.


Andy Warhol, Hot Dog Bean Soup, serigraph
© Janet Turner Print Museum, 2016