Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service


 

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Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs

Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs, organized with Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, California, paired women chefs and quilters to create 50 dynamic culinary quilts. For example, America's treasured Julia Child's cooking artistry is preserved in visual form through the talent and imagination of quilt-artist Yvonne Porcella. The exhibition's special combination of contemporary women artists and women in the culinary field produces not only a large ouvre to tour America's museums, it also documented the paired artists' unique creative collaborations. Many kept records of their year-long conversations and correspondence that culminated in a mutual quilt expression.

For example, artist Nancy Halpern of Natick, Massachusetts, wrote to her project-partner and restaurateur, Crescent Dragonwagon of Eureka Springs, Arkansas: "It seems You the Dragon could be blowing on the flames under the spaghetti pot or materializing out of the steam from the spaghetti. I'll do some research on dragons. I am enclosing fabric for you to hand-write the recipe for Garlic Spaghetti on, which I may over-dye a bit later to kill all the white." Crescent wrote back: "I LOVE the idea of the dragon blowing on the flames under the pasta-pot....I do not see them as those elaborate, scary Chinese-looking ones-[but] more plump and lizardy, with iridescent scales."

Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs showcased works by such internationally acclaimed quilters as Jane Burch Cochran, Susan Shie, Therese May, and Jane Sassaman, who use design, color, and innovative techniques to express their views on society, politics, and the environment. Alice Waters, in the vanguard of American cuisine, and her successful disciples Joyce Goldstein, Deborah Madison, and Nancy Silverton, were just a few of the recognized culinary artists paired with quilters for this exquisite food and art collaboration.

Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, California, an affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated, is the nation's leading voice on issues affecting girls and young women. Its programs are designed to build girls' capacity for responsible and confident adulthood, economic independence, and personal fulfillment.

Two exhibitions of 25 quilts each were touring simultaneously.

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition toured from 1999-2002.


 




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