• Installation view, The Art of Food, University of Arizona Museum of Art

    The Art of Food
    From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

    April 21–June 30, 2024

  • Installation view, The Art of Food, University of Arizona Museum of Art

  • Installation view, The Art of Food, University of Arizona Museum of Art

The Art of Food focuses on food as an essential cultural component that builds communities and fortifies human relationships. More than one hundred drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and ceramics by thirty-seven artists from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Foundation will be exhibited; among these are major postwar figures such as David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol; and contemporary artists including Enrique Chagoya, Jenny Holzer, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, and Rachel Whiteread. The exhibition is organized by the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

The exhibition relates to the East End of Long Island’s distinguished history as one of the most important fishing and agricultural regions in New York State. The area was developed into agricultural land by the 1640s, and by the 1820s as many as 95 percent of the residents lived on farms. While Greenport and Sag Harbor were ports for trade and whaling, Peconic Bay was known for its fish and shellfish. Today, the East End remains an agricultural center, producing more than one hundred different crops, and an increasingly prominent wine region with more than sixty vineyards.

In conjunction with the exhibition and in celebration of the region’s agricultural history, special food events will be organized in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, local farmers, and food organizations, and will entail educational programming, workshops, and conversations featuring local and national thought leaders of the food community.

The Art of Food at the Parrish is organized by Corinne Erni, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, with additional support from Kaitlin Halloran, Assistant Curator and Publications Coordinator.

 

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as a collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection has become one of the most important post-war and contemporary collections in all mediums, exceeding 20,000 objects and has grown to be the country’s largest private collection of prints and multiples.  He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions with no additional fees. The Foundation has organized over 180 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 160 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Schnitzer Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states.

The Foundation was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization to manage the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. The Foundation publishes scholarly brochures, exhibition catalogues, and catalogues raisonnés in conjunction with exhibitions drawn from the collections.  The Foundation also funds museum outreach and programming–especially to lesser served communities–furthering the mission of letting artists speak to us, through their art, on important issues facing society.