Hannah Wilke A Reimagining of a 1974 Performance of Art and Food

Hyperallerigic Mar 11, 2020

In November of 1974, New York experimental art space the Kitchen hosted an evening of food and performance called Soup & Tart. The event was organized by artist Jean Dupuy and featured short performances from “a dizzying range of performers and performance artists,” as John Rockwell wrote in the New York Times, paired with a hearty meal of “soup, bread, wine and apple tarts.” Laurie Anderson performed a violin piece; sculptor Richard Serra played a recorded memory of his childhood; Hannah Wilke recreated Victorian erotic tableaux; anarchitect Gordon Matta-Clark cut a cake in the shape of a house (Matta-Clark had started his own artist-run restaurant FOOD three years earlier). Phillip Glass, Arthur Russell, Nam Jun Paik, and Joan Jonas were among the 37 acts that performed. “[T]he idea is above all to entertain, however artfully,” noted Rockwell.

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