SWEET TOOTH: THE ART OF DESSERT
6000 SHELBURNE ROAD, SHELBURNE, VT
SEPTEMBER 23 – FEBRUARY 18
by Elayne Clift
Don’t go hungry to the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s Murphy Gallery at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum between September 23 and February 18. That’s when a whimsical and somewhat decadent ode to America’s appetite for tasty confections will be on display, with pieces ranging from wildly decorated shoes to chocolate sculptures and tongue-in-cheek food installations involving everything from licorice to sugar cubes. Paintings, sculptures and ceramics add to the potpourri of art that head curator Kory Rogers said offers deeper meaning about our history and culture.
While the work of both international and local artists using dessert-themed mixed media will offer a feast for the eyes and often a good chuckle, it also will remind viewers that there’s more to food and sweets than meets the eye. “The exhibit showcases a kind of advocacy art,” Rogers explained. “We wanted an exhibit that offers a wonderland of desserts for children to also convey ideas about how we live our lives. The works relate to contemporary issues like overconsumption. Artists use delicious-looking food objects as a vehicle for communicating, for example, the power of advertising in our lives, or the range of emotions we live with.”