Event Title

Art and Restaurants

Presenter Information

Shauna Yuan, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 146

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:50 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Unfortunately, food and drink are universally prohibited at all major museums and galleries for risk of damaging the objects exhibited. However, restaurants turned into gallery spaces now offer an exciting new approach to the dining experience. For instance, one of Damien Hirsts iconic cows in formaldehyde looms over diners at Tramshed, a hip chicken and steak restaurant in East London. Creating a desirable restaurant culture requires artistic decisions from food presentation to interior design and it is therefore not surprising that successful restaurateurs share an interest in both food and art. For example, Zhang Lan, who runs the South Beauty Group chain of upscale restaurants throughout China, is a collector known for her bold investments in modern and contemporary art. Lan utilizes art to elevate the status of her restaurants and to challenge misconceptions about traditional Chinese food. Even Larry Gagosian, a major art dealer based in New York, recently opened a sushi restaurant below his flagship Upper East Side gallery. A closer look at these art-collecting restaurateurs and their restaurants will elucidate the implications of an increasing intermingling of contemporary cutting-edge art galleries and trendy restaurants.

Faculty Sponsor

Veronique Plesch

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Art Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

959

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Apr 30th, 2:50 PM Apr 30th, 3:25 PM

Art and Restaurants

Diamond 146

Unfortunately, food and drink are universally prohibited at all major museums and galleries for risk of damaging the objects exhibited. However, restaurants turned into gallery spaces now offer an exciting new approach to the dining experience. For instance, one of Damien Hirsts iconic cows in formaldehyde looms over diners at Tramshed, a hip chicken and steak restaurant in East London. Creating a desirable restaurant culture requires artistic decisions from food presentation to interior design and it is therefore not surprising that successful restaurateurs share an interest in both food and art. For example, Zhang Lan, who runs the South Beauty Group chain of upscale restaurants throughout China, is a collector known for her bold investments in modern and contemporary art. Lan utilizes art to elevate the status of her restaurants and to challenge misconceptions about traditional Chinese food. Even Larry Gagosian, a major art dealer based in New York, recently opened a sushi restaurant below his flagship Upper East Side gallery. A closer look at these art-collecting restaurateurs and their restaurants will elucidate the implications of an increasing intermingling of contemporary cutting-edge art galleries and trendy restaurants.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/227