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American Appetite: Transforming Food Culture

Apr. 24 – May 3, 2015

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John Baeder, <i>Market Diner</i>, from the portfolio City-Scapes, 1979. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Ralph Slovenko.

John Baeder, Market Diner, from the portfolio City-Scapes, 1979. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Ralph Slovenko.

Curated by students in Michigan State University's Museum Studies Program, American Appetite: Transforming Food Culture takes a multi-themed approach to analyze how American food culture and consumption has transformed in the past hundred years. Food is more than simply a key to one's heart, but a means to unlock the many ways a society engages and critiques issues of politics, gender, race, class, and commerce. Whether seen as a symbol of wealth and tradition or as a metaphor of power, food is constantly changing and shaping the way Americans view culture and construct identities. This exhibition contains over 18 objects from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, the MSU Library Special Collections, and the MSU Museum, including photography from the Works Progress Administration and historical objects from Michigan companies such as Kellogg and Michigan Stove Company of Detroit.