Off Menu: Contemporary Art About Food

Off Menu_James Ostrer
Off Menu_Judith Linares
Off Menu_Kenny Scharf
Off Menu_Minimiam

Off Menu: Contemporary Art About Food

October 6 – December 15, 2019

For centuries, artists have used food in their work to define global cultures, traditions and lifestyles. From luxurious still life Renaissance paintings to Pop Art, food tells the story of how we live and what motivates us. Celebrated with passion, humor and irony, food art genres range from surreal to hyperreal. And it’s not all swirls and sprinkles; throughout history, artists have used depictions of food to address issues of family, nutrition, and social concerns such as famine and politics. Off Menu is anchored by a traveling exhibition titled Les Diners de Gala, comprised of twelve fine art prints by Salvador Dalí. Featuring an international roster of artists who work in a range of media to depict the objects of our culinary desire, the exhibition contains a healthy portion of aesthetic sustenance!

Artists include: Salvador Dalí, Wayne Thiebaud, Kenny Scharf, Ed Bing Lee, Cara Brown, Christopher Chiappa, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Sharon Core, Jennifer Coates, Guy Diehl, Emily Eveleth, Jenne Giles, Derrick Guild, Valerie Hegarty, Eric Hibit, Richard Hickam, Sam Kaplan, Jae Yong Kim, Tamara Kostianovsky, Jenna Kuiper, Roni Landa, Joanne Leonard, Judith Linhares, Raoul Middleman, Victoria Mimiaga, Minimiam, James Ostrer, Spenser Jordan Palmer, Martha Rich, Martin Roller, Ruth Santee, Beverly Shipko, Lucy Stark, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, Jeanne Vadeboncoeur, Camila Valdez, Dennis Wojtkiewicz.

Public Programs: 

Opening Reception

Sunday, October 6, 3 - 5 PM 

Special admission: $5 general, $3 youth (13-17), 12 & under free. Free for Bedford Members

Join us for a look at the astounding artwork in Off Menu accompanied by delicious pop-up tastings in the gallery from local Walnut Creek restaurants Heritage Eats, Broderick Roadhouse, Bounty Hunter, Burma 2, True Food Kitchen and more. Bedford Gallery Guild will host artful hors d’oeuvres and champagne. There will also be an all-ages craft table to make foodie pins from felt!