Feast Your Eyes in Myrtle Beach

Image via myrtlebeachartmuseum.org

June 10 – September 17, 2017

Feast Your Eyes will explore our culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race or gender…and always a cause for celebration. Food and beverage icons, peculiar and particular to the South, will be examined with works in an expansive variety of two and three-dimensional media, including paintings in oil and watercolor; works in pastel; printmaking; photography; sculptures in ceramics, metal, wood and mixed media; textile and fiber arts, and functional art such as handcrafted dining furniture and serving ware. These objects will invite viewers to explore the confluence of the three distinct foodways (Native American, African and European) which have converged over time and place to form our unique cuisine, originally one of survival, now exalted for its honesty, comfort and generosity.

Feast Your Eyes will bring together painters and sculptors of startling realism; artists working larger than life and those working much smaller; some who are exploring the politics, psychology and humor in the food of the South; others who work with unexpected materials, and those who seek to help us “gather at the table” in an artful way. You’re sure to enjoy every course of this mouth-watering, provocative and evocative exhibition.

Participating lending institutions include The Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC), The Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC), The Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), The Red Piano Gallery (Hilton Head, SC) and The South Carolina State Museum (Columbia, SC).

Another component to our summer programming, Food for Thought, is a series of eight Wednesday-afternoon lectures, kicking off on:

June 21 (2 p.m.) with Nathalie Dupree, widely recognized as the reigning doyenne of southern cooking.  The author of 13 cookbooks, including three James Beard Award winners, with more than 300 television appearances and write-ups in major newspapers and magazines throughout the country, Dupree will reminisce on “place” as an important element in the cuisine of the South. Fee $10, reservation required.

Seven other lectures will follow in the months of June through early September.  Lectures will be held at the Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with the exception of the tour of the Culinary Institute on August 16 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.).

June 28, artist and storyteller Natalie Daise: “Collards-Why I Eat Them, Why I Paint Them.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

July 12, Chief of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina Dr. Will Goins: “Native Roots, Native Healing.”  Sponsored by SC Humanities, no fee, reservation required.

July 19, local food entrepreneurs and innkeepers Sassy and Brian Henry with their Lowcountry cooks Vertrella Brown, Myrtle Edwards, Farella Smalls and Bessie Simmons: “Say Cheese!  From the Pawleys Island Sea View Inn to the Nation: Spreading the Love of Pimento Cheese and Other Southern Dishes.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

July 26, Gullah Geechee Heritage Commissioner, cook book author and Coastal Carolina University Assistant Professor Veronica Gerald: “Nyamming: Eating Gullah Geechee Style.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

August 9, Three local chefs/restaurateurs, Heidi Vukov, Darren Smith and Joseph Bonaparte, with three local farmers/purveyors: “The Chefs and Their Farmers.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

August 16, Staff, International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach: “Sweet and Sassy Southern Cooking with Tour, Demonstrations and Tastings.”  Fee $20, reservation required.

August 23, Trappist monk, chief cook for Mepkin Abbey and cookbook author Father Joseph Tedesco: “Food for the Spirit.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

September 13, Coastal Carolina University Associate Professor of American Literature Dr. Daniel Turner: “To Cook a Mockingbird: Symbolic Foodways in Harper Lee’s Classic Southern Novel.”  Fee $10, reservation required.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Featured image via myrtlebeachartmuseum.org. Shannon Runquist, More ‘Maters and Mayo, 2017, oil on board, 8″ x 8″.