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Cereals, Snack Cakes, Breakfast Meats—Explore Americanized Versions of Food at This Exhibit

The Modern presents Julie Bozzi’s American Food, 1980–92, acquired by the Museum for its permanent collection. You can see it for yourself on Saturday, February 1st, beginning at 10:00 AM.

Bozzi's sculptural installation consists of an oak cabinet with 13 drawers, 12 of which contain miniature reproductions of American food products. The food items are categorized into distinct genres, including cereals, snack cakes, and breakfast meats, which are indexed in the 13th drawer. In the exhibition, the 12 drawers containing the food models are mounted on the wall and paired with framed drawings that act as graphic keys to their contents.

Bozzi, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, began her research for "American Food" in 1975 and created the work between 1980 and 1992. The miniature food facsimiles represent standardized commercial American food products, from donuts to Ding-Dongs, along with "Americanized" versions of ethnic cuisines. Working in the pre-internet era, Bozzi conducted her research by collecting menus, grocery stores, food stands, advertisements, and oral interviews during cross-country road trips.

Like the landscape paintings Bozzi is also known for, American Food addresses the vernacular American experience. The installation combines aspects of Pop art, postmodernism, still life, and Americana while underscoring the universal human impulse to collect and categorize. More than twenty years after its making, the work endures as a witty and visually engaging statement about American consumerism and its culture of abundance.

American Food was originally organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 1992 and traveled to the Modern in 1993 as part of a national tour. The exhibit will be on display until February 2, 2020. For additional information, visit www.themodern.org.

The Depot, the premier apartments in Fort Worth, Texas, is inviting friends and neighbors to attend this unforgettable event! So, lace up your shoes and get ready for a local adventure like no other!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, February 1, 2020—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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