20 January 2016
Shepparton Art Museum is excited to announce its first major exhibition in 2016, Cornucopia.
Cornucopia will open at SAM on Saturday 27 February 2016 and run until Sunday 22 May 2016.
Cornucopia (meaning Horn of Plenty), showcases works by established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as an artistic medium or point of departure.
A multidisciplinary and trans-historical show, the exhibition teases out various strands of investigation around the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its metaphoric potential, socio-cultural uses and representation within art history.
The artists featured in Cornucopia include:
Lauren Berkowitz (AU), Julie Crouan (AU), A Centre for Everything (AU), Gabrielle de Vietri (AU), Julia deVille (NZ/AU), Mishka Henner (UK), The Hotham Street Ladies (AU), Georgie Mattingley (AU), Patricia Piccinini (AU), Kenny Pittock (AU), SUPERFLEX (DK), Sam Taylor-Johnson (UK), Kawita Vatanajyankur (THA), Claire Anna Watson (AU) and Andy Warhol (USA).
SAM’s Acting Director, Dr Rebecca Coates notes:
‘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. 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.
Official Opening: Saturday 27 February 2016
For further information, print quality images, or to arrange interviews with SAM staff, please contact SAM Marketing Coordinator Gabriella Calandro via phone (03) 5832 9522 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Kawita Vatanajyankur, The Squeezers [still], 2015. Single channel HD video, 2min 35sec, courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney © the artist.