Urgent Museum Notice

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals

A table set with bowls and containers of fresh and dried herbs and grains. A large black bowl filled with dried corn sits to the right of the image, with a smaller black bowl of dried rice below.
Nov 15, 2020 to Jan 03, 2021

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals, an online participatory exhibition and ingredient archive examines food as a creative medium and connective tool for exploring intergenerational and intercultural experiences. Through a focus on ingredients used in cooking, curatives, and ceremonies, this exhibition re-presents the traditional role of women in providing sustenance and healing.

The exhibition’s innovative design centers around the kitchen table, the central domestic object for gatherings of family and friends. Nine artists will activate their kitchen tables, sharing photographs, videos, and stories of how they use this most important domestic object. Museum visitors will leave their mark on the exhibition by sharing recipes, anecdotes, and reflections related to food through a digital ingredient archive.

The communal nature of nourishing and curing the body makes food and herbs particularly potent artistic mediums. In this exhibition, both the artists and participants will use those materials to honor women’s roles in the practices and traditions surrounding food.

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals opens a year-long season of programming that examines the relationship between food, art, and women as part of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Fresh and dried herbs cover a table. Dried sage, tea leaves, and crystals are in the forefront of the image. A white ceramic mug with blue figures, trees, and mountains holds fresh lemongrass.

Photo credit: Melani N. Douglass, NMWA

Exhibition Sponsors

The Women, Arts, and Social Change public programs initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, and the Susan and Jim Swartz Public Programs Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and Stephanie Sale. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.