In 2020, most people won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving like they did in years past. The large family gatherings may be out, and perhaps the traditional meals, too. So, to inspire you to get into the spirit of this surreal holiday year, we rounded up some of the most high-concept food art to so you can host the unconventional Thanksgiving of your dreams.
MOVE THE FURNITURE:
Holiday gatherings, no matter where they take place, usually require some heavy lifting.
…SET THE TABLE
Take a cue from ceramicist Jen Dwyer and her esque dainty blue tablescape, or feast your eyes on the mother of all table art, Judy Chicago’s and then consider one of Diane Weymar’s hand-stitched linens from her “Tiny Pricks Project.”
Jen Dwyer, “Dreamer’s Delight” (2020)
Artist Plate Project (2020)
Diane Weymar, Selections from the “Tiny Pricks Project”
Neri Oxman, (2017-18)
Bruno Munari, (1958-1964)
Cornelia Parker, (1988–89)
Whet your palate with these lighter plates and do as Alison Knowles suggests and , or if you’re trying to save room for the main event, keep it simple with some crudités à la .
Darren Bader, no title, no date
Alison Knowles, Make A Salad (1962)
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Vertumnus (c. 1590–91)
Think beyond the turkey with inspiration from these meaty works of art.
Carolee Schneemann, (1964)
Lucy Sparrow, (2018)
Julie Curtiss, (2019)
Hannah Rothstein, , “Thanksgiving Special” (2015)
DON’T FORGET THE SIDES!
While all eyes are on the bird, don’t forget the supporting cast. And from Michael Rakowitz’s to Urs Fischer’s , artists have a rich history of using real foodstuffs in their work.
Michael Rakowitz, (2003-ongoing)
Rafael Pérez Evans, (2020)
Claes Oldenburg, (1967)
Urs Fischer, )
Chloe Wise, Bread Bag
Last but not least, treat yourself to the sugary sweets—and remember to always do as Felix Gonzales Torres did, and share the wealth. Happy Thanksgiving!
Janine Antoni, (1992)
Alison Kuo, (2019)
Jennifer Rubell, “Consent” (2018)
Will Cotton, (2012)