Dinner at MoMA: Take This Turmeric Pill and Call Me in the Morning:
In a “dinner event” that had the structure, social-justice motifs, and symbolic cuisine of a Passover seder, mixed with the madcap vigor of a Magical Mystery Tour, the Museum of Modern Art launched its Capital Exchange program, a series of artist-staged participatory programs, guerrilla readings, and provocative performances intended to stimulate creativity and interaction.
The evening, hosted by the Education Department in Café 2, began with an eyes-wide-shut Albariño toast and the collective downing of a single orange pill, which artist/activist Caroline Woolard assured us was turmeric powder.
Then came a series of hybrid dishes developed by Raúl Cárdenas Osuna in collaboration with Chef Diego Becerra and MoMA’s Lynn Bound, each served on limited-edition placemats reproducing images selected by Xaviera Simmons from the museum’s library and archives (one was Yayoi Kusama’s 1969 unannounced nude performance in the sculpture garden).
Later, Kenneth Goldsmith, the Ubuweb founder who has been dubbed the MoMA poet laureate, provided a discourse on Brion Gysin’s recipe for hash fudge, which became an unexpected legacy of Alice B. Toklas. The dessert, though, was Baked Alaska (a performance-art staple).
A similar spirit will infuse goings-on at the museum over the next few months, the organizers say, so look out for the Artist Experimenters in the galleries. Read more