Marianne Gopalkrishna, The Sweet Taste of Maple Sugar: Charger, 1990.

What role does food and feasting play in our lives? How does one extol the virtues of a fine glass of wine, a bag of greasy french-fries from the local chip truck, the delectable promise of a shiny new lunchbox? WAG educators join forces to dish out Feast, a unique and tantalizing exhibition featuring a smorgasbord of art from the permanent collection that explores a variety of fascinating issues and ideas surrounding food and the daily act of eating. Sure to satisfy art lovers and foodies alike!

What’s on the menu? Here’s a sampler from our educators…

André Kertesz, Celebration in Montparnasse after the first futurist ballet, Paris,1928. • “I love the energy in this photograph. For me, it signals the excitement at the turn of the century, a time when Paris was considered the hotbed of creative activity. Shot in a popular café in Montparnasse, young avant-garde poets, artists, and dancers gather to celebrate the debut of the first Futurist Ballet. A veritable feast for the senses, the photo draws us into the very heart of the festivity so we can actually smell the cigars, hear the sounds of laughter, the lively conversation, and the continuous clinking of glasses!” Rachel Baerg, Art Educator, Youth Programs

John Kelly, Sauce Ladles, 1785. Silver. • “Practically speaking, spoons or ladles are meant for moving food around, but when does our understanding of these utensils, and in this case, utensils we also categorize as fine art, move from their practical usage to ideas about human relations? The very 'silver-ness' of these spoons points to the complicated relationship between the consumption of food and social standing. We say someone is 'born with a silver spoon in their mouth' and we refer to their wealth and privilege. When is a ladle more than a ladle?” Anna Wiebe, Associate Art Educator, Adult Programs

Marianne Gopalkrishna, The Sweet Taste of Maple Sugar, 1990. Earthenware, coloured underglazes. • “This delightful ceramic charger exemplifies many of the images we might imagine when considering a feast. People are depicted busily engaged in the harvesting, preparation, and consumption of maple syrup delicacies. Winter provides the backdrop and domesticated animals are interspersed to suggest a sense of harmony between humans and nature. All of this is cozily encircled by a pattern of alternating houses and trees along the periphery of a large terracotta serving platter, whose earthy hue adds warmth to the muted blue, white, and black glazes.” Michael Boss, Art Educator, Studio Programs

Fritz Brandtner, French Fries at Fletcher’s Field, 1938, Ink on paper. • “The variety of ways in which the medium is applied offers different vocabularies that seem to resonate from the sounds of the busy business parked on the side of the street. The cross hatching mimics the clinking of the dishes in the tiny truck's kitchen and I can almost hear the chatter from the people in the scribbles of the night sky. Another layer of sound can be heard in the big bold capital letters that scream out CHIEN CHAUD PATATE FRITES. Brandtner demonstrates his affinity with pen and ink by jotting down this lively and noisy drawing.” Aline Frechette, Art Educator, Youth Programs

Share Your Favourite Recipe

Do you have a favourite recipe? When you visit Feast bring it along and pop in the recipe box to share with others. Then sit down, go over the other recipes, and copy out some exciting new ones.

Check out these recipes, gathered from a recent IRCOM visit - click HERE.


John Kelly, Sauce Ladles, 1785

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Curator's Tour - Feast

    Feast, is a unique and tantalizing exhibition featuring a smorgasbord of art from the permanent collection that explores a variety of fascinating issues and ideas surrounding food and the daily act of eating.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 12:10pm to 1pm


    The WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program features a three-course, exhibition-inspired meal at TABLE Restaurant, on the Penthouse Level.

    Thursday February 16, 2017 at 6pm


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