Food Conjures Memory: Making Memory in the Museum

Zella Llerena


Food is one of the principle components in understanding culture. Since the beginning of time, the human race has searched for food, formed communities around food-rich areas and created culture rituals to celebrate food. To exclude or isolate food from the public space of the museum while representing other aspects of culture is to deny the significance of food as a defining element in the culture and history of exhibitions. By exploring food practices in museums from 1850 to the present the various ways in which food is misrepresented becomes clear. Exploration of particular museums that have become culinary visionaries in educating their publics on food issues, illustrates the possibility for giving food a contemporary voice in their exhibits and aligning museums food service with the Slow Food revolution.

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