THE Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) first major exhibition for the year, Cornucopia, was officially opened for public viewing on the weekend, showcasing a range of works by established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as an artistic medium or point of departure.
The exhibition explores the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its socio-cultural uses and religious significance.
SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “Cornucopia complicates the art historic lineage of the still life by interrogating and raising questions around the ethics of food today. Located within the Greater Shepparton region, known as the ‘food bowl of Australia’, the show also celebrates the culinary traditions of regional Victoria.
“SAM welcomes the Shepparton icon, the Campbell’s Soup can in to the museum, with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II – Cheddar Cheese
(1969). The exhibition also includes Flooded McDonalds (2009) by SUPERFLEX and a specially designed vending machine, 31 Dinner Options While Waiting for the Last Train Home (2015) by Kenny Pittock.
“As part of the exhibition program SAM will also be running a series of diverse food related programs with the community.”
For further information on food related programs running throughout the exhibition, visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au