Food and Art with Masters of Social Gastronomy (Online)

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Taught by Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma

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Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 



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Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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Each month, Masters of Social Gastronomy takes on a curious food topic and breaks down the history, science, and stories behind it. This time, we're exploring the intersection of ART and FOOD!

Sarah will take you through the histories of Zoomorphic Tureens, Ginger Jars, Renaissance Sugar Sculptures, and Swan Eating. Then she'll cover two more modern art pieces, Agnes Denes's 2-acre wheat field in lower Manhattan and Lucy Sparrow's Felt Bodega and Felt Delicatessen.

Always a slave to the aesthetic trappings of consumerism, Soma will regale you with tales of plastic display foods and why food advertising can look so darn appetizing. He'll also spill the beans about the role of food in the fine arts. (He spent a lot of time trying to come with a Warhol-can-of-soup joke for that one, but it just never worked out. But "beans" is a food, at least.)

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