Thanksgiving: Art History on a Plate

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As we continue to work on plating and food trials for 51 at Spice Harbour, the concept of deconstructing a typical Kerala dish often makes it into the conversation. During these conversations with Indian colleagues the subject of “typical American food” frequently comes up. Like India, there’s no one “American cuisine” (don’t get me started on the horrors of our fast food exports), but a Thanksgiving meal comes close.

In the collaborative spirit of preparing and plating a meal that’s meant to be shared, multi-media artist Hannah Rothstein deconstructed the classic Thanksgiving meal of turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and “sides” with a nod to 10 artists with the most distinctive of painting styles, with the acception of Cindy Sherman, a photographer best known for her conceptual portraits.

The artist is selling 25 signed prints of each plate. The importance of the “giving” part of the holiday is highlighted by her choice to donate 10% of the proceeds to the SF-Marin Food Bank.

I guess you don’t have to be a chef to make a splash in the food world!

Photo credits: Hanna Rothstein

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving: Art History on a Plate

  1. I love this! So creative, cleaver and aesthetically appealing. Best wishes for a successful fundraiser for the SF food bank!

  2. Pingback: Cranberries Covered by Science Friday | Raxa Collective

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