With only a couple of days to go before Good Food Month officially begins in Brisbane (eek!) art lovers and foodies alike can delight in a delicious blend of culinary creativity from this weekend as the Gallery of Modern Art lifts the lid on its latest exhibition, Harvest.
Featuring more than 150 works from QAGOMA’s own collection, as well as key commissioned pieces and works on loan, Harvest examines how food has influenced artists throughout the centuries. Curator Ellie Buttrose revealed through the Brisbane Times that it will showcase classic and contemporary still lifes, sculpture, indigenous work and large-scale installations. “Food and relationships with land have been really important throughout art history,” she said.“How food is produced, how it circulates around the world, how it’s turned into products and how people’s diets are changing.”
It’s not just foodie art that will be on show though. The exhibition promises to serve up some pretty delectable dishes inspired by Harvest through the GOMA Restaurant and bistro. Enjoy roasted spatchcock, puffed corn and toasted grains with blueberry gel (pictured below!) available 11-3pm daily for the very reasonable price of $20, and that includes a glass of house wine! The GOMA Restaurant is also opening exclusively on Friday evenings during July in conjunction with the ‘Harvest: Food on Film’ program. Take in a food-inspired film at 6.00pm before delighting your senses with one or more of the mouth-watering dishes featuring an array of fresh, local and seasonal produce.
And just when you thought there couldn’t be any more foodie love, GOMA is also offering a ‘Food For Thought’ package. For a mere $20 you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat from the Audi GOMA bar from 5.15–6.30pm, and then enjoy a private tour of the ‘Harvest’ exhibition after the panel discussion. What are you waiting for, book now for a food-filled night of fun!
Food on film will also form a key part of Harvest, with a showcase of movies that use food as a storytelling motif, including: Chocolat, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Delicatessen, Sideways, Waitress, Hunger and Ratatouille. Another highlight is set to be the Pineapple Express! a showcase of pineapple-themed objects donated by Brisbane locals and shaped into an installation by LA-based collective Fallen Fruit.From aprons to jars to tea towels and even headwear, there’s nothing that hasn’t been improved with the addition of the pineapple shape. Queensland’s signature fruit has certainly come back into fashion.
You can catch Harvest at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne St in South Brisbane from today until 21 September.
I cannot wait to check it out myself, so much foodie and cultural goodness under the one roof!