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Though Curated in the 1970s, See Why This American Food Exhibit Is Still Relevant Today

Pay your respects to the pillars of American cuisine at the newest museum at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. On Saturday, October 12th, the Modern is excited to present Julie Bozzi's "American Food," 1980-92, acquired by the Museum for the permanent collection in 2019.

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.

Check out the timeless collection “American Food” by Julie Bozzi at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this Saturday! Admission ranges from $10 to $16 and is free for members. For more information, visit www.themodern.org.

At Lofton Place Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. Soak up the very best our greater community has to offer when you attend this highly-anticipated local event!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, October 12, 2019—10:00 AM

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

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