5 Reasons to Visit "Stocked" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Rebecca and Alexander Stewart © Sonny Assu, photograph by Chris Meier Sonny Assu, Salmon Loops, from the Breakfast Series, 2006. Digital print, Fome-cor, 12 x 7 x 3 in.
Any food-lover knows that every culinary creation must start somewhere, and that place is usually the grocery store. Now through September 1st, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is featuring "Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles," an exhibition that highlights the role of grocery stores in modern culture.
We met with Emily Stamey, curator of the exhibit, to learn about how "Stocked" came into being and what she hopes visitors will take from it. Stamey said that as the exhibit came into being, she was operating as "an art historian thinking about pop art from the 1960s." She combined this with her self-proclaimed "foodie" status, and set about discovering what contemporary art tells us about the food culture we live in. Since "Stocked" is undoubtedly worth a visit (or two or three...), here are five reasons why it belongs on your summer must-see list.
There's a lot more than just Andy Warhol.
Yes, of course you thought of Andy Warhol the second your brain processed "food" and "art" in the same sentence. You should. In fact, his prints Hot Dog Bean and Vegetarian Vegetable are the first things you see when you enter the exhibition. Warhol's art remains stunning, but it is also fascinating to trace his influence among the other pieces of food-centered art. Most notable of a Warhol influence is Scott Blake's artwork, I Am What I Eat. Blake painted 32 different barcodes from food items in his pantry, which is the same number of soup can paintings Warhol first made in 1962 (and on the same canvas size, too). And what better way to mix 1960s pop art into the present than to use a scanner app on your smartphone to bring up the actual item that corresponds to each of Blake's barcodes? Because yes, you can totally do that.