Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper, Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge will be talking about the exhibition she has curated, Feast & Fast: The art of food in Europe – 1500 to 1800, which is running from the end of November 2019 to 26 April 2020.
Food defines us as individuals, communities and nations: we are what we eat and, equally, what we don't eat. When, where, why, how and with whom we eat are crucial to our identity. Feast & Fast presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating.
This research-led, multi-sensory exhibition showcases hidden and newly-conserved treasures from the Fitzwilliam and other collections, and features four spectacular historical reconstructions with food at their centre, including a Jacobean sugar banquet, a European feasting table and a Georgian confectioner's workshop. It teases out many contemporary and controversial issues - such as the origins of food and food security, over-consumption in times of austerity, and our relationship with animals and nature - thereby linking the past with our present, and encouraging us to question and rethink our relationship with food.
Dr Avery was formerly a senior member of the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick. Organised by Art Friends Warwickshire with the net proceeds being donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
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