Domestic life in the United States of America is impacted in ways big and small by the full history of the country. Family Dinner illustrates these impacts with intimacy and immediacy.
The physical center and conceptual starting point for the exhibition is Justin Rothshank’s The People’s Dinnerware. The installation of ceramic place settings commemorates each president of the United States in addition to critical and often under-represented figures from each presidential era. The project represents a methodical undertaking in self-education and historical revisionism that has evolved for the artist since 2006. Similarly, four artworks from Melissa Blount’s H.O.M.E. Cooking highlight historical and contemporary women little known or absolutely unknown in American culinary history.
In contrast, Katie Butler depicts extravagant meals of the uber-rich in an exploration of America’s increasing wealth gap. Her painting questions “who gets to feast, who has to clean up the mess, and who is really picking up the tab.” Tajh Rust’s painting intentionally moves away from shared spaces to illustrate the thoughts available only in the private realm. Collectively, Family Dinner invites you to take a moment to reflect as we all continue to consider our history, navigate space, and share our lives with those we love.
Artwork: Justin Rothshank, Martin Luther King Jr. place setting from The People’s Dinnerware, 2006-2020.
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