Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen
Modern Meals examines how people in the U.S. began eating foods that were mass-produced in the first half of the 20th century. Images and artifacts from The Wolfsonian’s collection illustrate the movement of food from the field, to the factory, supermarket, and kitchen table, in order to explore how modern technology, design, and business practices created new meanings for food and eating in this era. The objects reveal how the values of industrial efficiency and design shaped the landscapes and intimate spaces of food production and consumption. The exhibition also demonstrates, however, that even amidst these changes, American culture continued to idealize generations-old practices in the fields and the home.
Modern Meals is organized by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University and guest-curated by April Merleaux (FIU, Department of History). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the development of the exhibition.
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