Legendary Andy Warhol, a pioneer of the Pop Art Movement, is the highlight of the Art Gallery of Windsor Sandwich Project (Part Two), kicking off with an opening reception on June 1, 2018. Jose Diaz, Chief Curator of The Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in the US, will lead an AGW members only tour of the exhibit. The opening reception is open to the public and the exhibit runs from June 1 to September 30, 2018.
(Art Gallery of Windsor staff, artists and partners of the Sandwich Project Part Two featuring Andy Warhol pose for a group photo following a press conference announcing the exhibit on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
Diaz joined the Art Gallery of Windsor during a press conference to announce their 2018 Spring-Summer exhibition program on May 31, 2018.
Diaz spoke of a 1977 interview, where Andy Warhol was asked if he created his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings because he had it for lunch everyday. Diaz said Warhol’s response was, “Oh yeah, I had Campbell’s Soup everyday for lunch for the last twenty years… and a sandwich.” With that statement and a portfolio of food related Pop Art it seems fitting to include Warhol in The Sandwich Project.
Andy Warhol: Printed Food Matter, and Andy Warhol: EAT are two of five new exhibitions that are part of The Sandwich Project (Part Two).
Andy Warhol: Printed Food Matter
The Andy Warhol: Printed Food Matter exhibition, showcases prints of “space” fruit, grapes, beef, fish, dishware, and soda labels from the 1970s and 1980s offering an important framework for new and timely conversations. These include the sociopolitical consequences of food in relation to commercialization, consumption and commodification in visual and consumer culture. Through a commitment to repetition–images of food, animals, icons, brand names, and slogans–Warhol created a visual language through which to critic the effects of mass cultural production. Organized by the AGW, this exhibition is the first solo exhibition of Warhol’s work to be presented at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Andy Warhol: EAT
Andy Warhol: EAT, features a black-and-white silent film being presented by Media City Film Festival. “Media City Film Festival is delighted to embark on this exciting partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor to present a stunning digital restoration of Eat, filmed in 1964 on a 16mm camera, staring artist Robert Indiana” stated Oona Mosna, Director, Media City Film Festival. Like Warhol, Indiana was associated with the Pop Art Movement. He recently passed away on May 19, 2018.
Warhol created a narrative in which Indiana slowly eats a single mushroom in what is now labeled a “Warholian minimalist classic.” Although tempted with a decadent buffet of food in his studio-turned-film set, a famished Indiana was only permitted to eat, very slowly the one item. Bordering on an act of voyeurism, the film instigates conversations surrounding desire and sexuality in avant-garde cinema. Through repeated acts of eating, chewing and digesting, Warhol flirted with the kinds of pleasure inherent within food through a seductive study of eating a mushroom.
“In extension of our partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor, this fall the Media City will co-present a multi-program retrospective of Andy Warhol’s 16mm films at the festival’s 23rd edition running November 2nd thru 10th,” Mosna added.
The Sandwich Project first launched at the Art Gallery of Windsor running between late May to October 2017. It’s the brainchild of University of Windsor professor and artist Iain Baxter& (the ampersand is part of his legal name change), which recognized the history in Sandwich, Ontario (amalgamated with the City of Windsor in 1935) while exploring food culture in Pop Art and Canadian art and film.
“In its second year, The Sandwich Project considers the ways in which food is a metaphor for social and economic consciousness,” stated Dr. Jaclyn Meloche, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor. The Sandwich Project offers timely perspectives through which to experience and understand the meaning and symbolism embedded within art and the economics of food.
Meloche is responsible for the exhibits presentation. During the press conference, Pearl Davies, Chair of Development, AGW Board of Directors stated, “Dr. Meloche is instrumental in the presentation of the exhibition and co-ordinating the (teams) to ensure a smooth and professional presentation.” In turn, Meloche gives a lot of credit to “Iain Baxter& whose proposal years ago to the AGW to showcase sandwiches in an exhibition context, informed my vision and selection of art in both presentations (of The Sandwich Project). Baxter& is a pillar in our community and his ideas continue to inspire many to the imaginative power or art.”
Baxter&’s work, as an exhibit, will also be part of The Sandwich Project (Part Two)
Iain Baxter&: &wichtime
Iain Baxter&’s photographs in this exhibition explore commercial relationships between art and food through bread. While an artist-in-residence in Rennes, France in 2008, the Windsor-based conceptual artist collaborated with a local bakery to create custom shaped and themed loaves of bread. However, in performative acts with the bread, such as surfing on an oversized baguette or golfing with a bread-covered golf club, Baxter& proposes new functions for what is one of the most popular food items in the world–bread. By transcending the many connotations that are associated with bread, albeit economic, ethnographic, cultural or religious connotations the artist singles out the inherent sociability of bread and pokes fun at its universality.
During the press conference Iain Baxter& was preparing his exhibit. He appeared to be creating a map of Windsor-Essex County made out of bread. Perhaps when finished it may be a “Windsor Essex County Sandwich” with Sandwich Town on the sandwich!
The Contemporary Sandwich Shop Exhibit
This exhibit features some truly unique Pop Art food creations including Sarah Beck’s Heinz Ketchup bottles arranged to represent, what she calls, the “Watier’s Hourglass”, and what appears to be a handbag made out of grilled cheese sandwiches by Chloe Wise, which she calls the “American Classic”.
Showcasing eight contemporary artists–Elizabeth Buset, Chloe Wise, Kari Cholnoky, Aaron Moran, Shelley Niro, Sarah Beck, Rhonda Weppler, and Lynn Donoghue–The Contemporary Sandwich Shop considers the consumption and commodification of food through the lens of the contemporary consumer. Whether through painting, sculpture, or photography, the artists contemplate the ways in which the economics of food inform the experience of meat, salt, preservatives, fast food, and food naming. By reflecting on consumption, desirability, perception, and naming in relation to food, the artists appropriate material practices as vehicles to challenge contemporary ideologies about the food industry at large.
Still Life: ‘Food’ for the Eye, Mind and Body
This exhibit comes from the AGW’s own collection of art works and features “29 Works by 19 artists which date from the nineteenth century to the twenty first century,” Chris Finn, Curator of Education, Art Gallery of Windsor.
By expanding the framework for determining the “Still Life,” this exhibition investigates how the objects depicted refer to sociological, historical, economic, or life-style values embodied within the everyday. For thousands of years, images of food have existed as an art form in numerous cultures. Within some ancient cultures, graphic renderings of food provided for the deceased symbolized the nutritional sources which would be needed to sustain the spirit in the after-life. Throughout its pictorial history, food has served as a symbol and metaphor in multiple contexts. Drawn from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection, this selection of works from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century offers the viewer ‘food’ for thought demonstrating how the still life tradition has been reconsidered as an expressive visual form in a variety of media.
These five exhibitions, with works about sandwiches, bread, pigs, cows, food labels, and restaurant culture offer a framework through which to contemplate the economy of food as well as how food informs social infrastructures. Through the themes of food sustainability, consumerism, and consumption, The Sandwich Project considers the effects of food on a community, a culture’s economic growth, and the overall well-being of the body.
About The Pop Art Movement
The Pop Art Movement emerged during the late 1950’s. According to Wikipedia, “the movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects.”
The AGW recognizes its partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum, and its co-presenters and partners for the presentation of The Sandwich Project in Windsor: WindsorEats, Tourism Essex Pelee Island, and Media City Film Festival. Equally, the AGW recognizes the City of Windsor in-kind support and thanks the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Trillium Foundation for their multi-year and project grant funding.
Adriano Ciotoli, Director, WindsorEats, was on hand for the press conference to talk about their Sandwich Project partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor. “In having the vibrant colours of the Andy Warhol artwork coming to Windsor, Windsor Eats will do it’s part in bringing vibrant colours to the doorstep of the Art Gallery of Windsor,” said Ciotoli. On June 1, Windsor Eats will bring over 300 cyclists, with bikes covered in colourful lights, to AGW as part of their Friday Night Lights community bike ride, to celebrate the Andy Warhol exhibit.
Eyes On Windsor spotted Ciotoli snapping photos of Warhol artwork which featured screenprints of hamburger wrappers. If anyone loves burgers more than us it’s probably Windsor Eats.
So please join José Diaz, Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum for a Members-Only Private Tour of Andy Warhol: Printed Food Matter and Andy Warhol: EAT on Friday June 1st from 6:00–7:00 pm.
Individual Memberships are currently 10% off, and can be purchased in advance online, by mail, by phone or in person.
Fridays Live! at the Art Gallery of Windsor is the official launch for all Spring-Summer exhibitions on June 1st from 7:00–10:00 pm. The event is FREE for AGW members and $15.00 for non-members.
For more information on the opening weekend events, visit www.agw.ca.