Taste 2011 Exhibition

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Taste 2011 Exhibition
Curated by: Dana Hemenway, Cathy Lu

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
April 6th, 2011 - April 23rd, 2011
Opening: April 9th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(415) 8633-7668
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment
photography, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, surrealism, traditional, sculpture
sliding scale donations



ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday April 2011TASTE 2011 Preview Reception

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9th, 7-10 pm

San Francisco – TASTE is an annual exhibit about food & food-related ideas that focuses on a different theme each year. This year’s theme highlights the humor and romance of our everyday encounters with food and includes 16 artists representing drawing, painting, photography,collage, sculpture, video, & installation.

This exhibition invites us to re-examine our day-to-day relationship with food-- meals eaten out of convenience, supermarket runs, or the times we find ourselves eating alone. These routine meals and the rituals associated with them, though not always filled with nutrients, are rich with meaning. These artists find vitality in our everyday meals; from homemade breads to hot dogs; from peeling vegetables to failed Cuban cafecitos; from twist ties to milk cans. Whether a meal is eaten alone at a taco cart, or with friends and family around the dinner table, there is splendor in our most banal encounters with food.

In addition to the opening reception on April 9, and in conjunction with this exhibition, Root Division is hosting a ticketed event, TASTE 2011, on Thursday, April 14. This event features a dozen of the most creative local chefs & mixologists preparing food & cocktails onsite in our gallery. Please visit our web site for more information.

Participating artists include:

Alexis Arnold
Christin Boggs
Jay Dion
Rebecca Foster
Lou Haney
Emily Heller
Beth Jacobson
Cathy Lu*
Monica Martinez
Vincent Romaniello
Surabhi Saraf*
Kristen Spickard
Jen Susman
Hui Y. Tsai
Cristina Victor
Raymond Wong*
*Root Division Resident Artis

Curated by: Dana Hemenway* and Cathy Lu*

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9th, 7-10 pm
Interactive food-based performances by Rebecca Foster and Cristina Victor
Live music by The Beehavers
Creative Station, art-making activities for the whole family: 7-9pm
Sliding Scale Suggested Donation: $2 - $20

Exhibition Dates: April 6th – 23rd, 2011
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Saturdays, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)

3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness & Shotwell)
San Francisco, CA 94110  / 415.863.7668

Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and
professionally by teaching art to under served youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund & Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and Bill Graham Foundation.  The Second Saturday Exhibition Series is sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission through a Cultural Equity Grant/Organizational Project Grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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