Candace Vogler, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College and Chair of the Philosophy Department, was invited to dine with Michelle Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Mayor Richard Daley as one of eight guests participating in artist Mary Ellen Carroll’s “Open Outcry.” The lunch is part of Itinerate Gastronomy, an ongoing project in which Carroll creates site-specific conversations around meals. Vogler, the First Lady and the current and former mayors dined January 23 at the financial gallery in the Chicago Board of Trade in a viewing room high above the active trading floor around a sculptural table designed by architect Simon Dance. The meal, the setting, and the seating are all intended to “catalyze useful conversation about the intersections of food, power, finance, policy, and art,” according to artist Mary Ellen Carroll.
The project was commissioned for the Smart Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit, Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, which opens February 16. A video of the luncheon will be on display. Feast runs until June 12 and presents the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. To read more about the upcoming Feast exhibit visit the Smart Museum of Art’s website and the Feast Project blog.