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When Art Nourishes, Literally
For once cake represents not the finale but the
to a visual and gustatory feast — a sequence to gladden the heart
of the avid dessert-eater. And in this case, the devoted videophile
too. Starting this month and extending into November, the Arts Council
of Princeton has come up with a varied menu of seven courses for its
third annual Fall Festival of Art and Culture, this year focusing
on food and film.
Through seven different events, from October 13 to November 12, the
festival explores food and film connections. To accomplish this, three
classic films will be screened and a toothsome array of desserts and
meals will be shared. The first event, an art show, is free. Proceeds
from the remaining six events will go toward the Arts Council’s
and programming expenses.
"Citizen Cake," on which only the creator of the iconic
Kane" might cast a sardonic eye, is the exhibition theme in the
Arts Council’s WPA Gallery. Artists were invited to submit a
in any medium, of a subject connected to food — and not only cake.
Put yourself in their place: you can call up a fondly remembered snack
or a favorite food scene from another medium. What will it be?
It might be a very large picture of a little girl dressed up as a
ham for Halloween. That would be Scout, in a frightening sequence
from Harper Lee’s novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," that became
the memorable film starring Gregory Peck.
Juried by Kristina Johnson, a folk art expert, about 30 works —
including assemblages, collages, drawings, photographs, and sculptures
— will be on view in the gallery. The opening reception, Friday,
October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., will include continuous film clips about
food, and complimentary desserts: cakes from area bakers. "Let
them eat cake," the cruel remark erroneously attributed to Marie
Antoinette (when told that French citizens lacked bread), is here
transformed into a meaningful invitation.
The next afternoon, the festival hosts a cooking school from 1 to
5 p.m. A foie gras demonstration and sampling, a wine tasting with
hors d’oeuvres, followed by espresso, will make up the food component,
accompanied by the screening of an excerpt from Gabriel Axel’s 1987
Oscar-winning (in the "foreign" category) film, "Babette’s
Feast." Foie gras features prominently at Babette’s table, too.
The cooking class convenes at Miele Corporation, in the yellow edifice
designed by Michael Graves on Route 1 North. Ariane Daguin, of
Foods, will present the foie gras session, while sommelier Geralyn
Brostrom, of the Princeton Corkscrew Wineshop, will lead the wine
tasting. Miele will serve complimentary espresso while Daguin signs
copies of her book,
Another feast is scheduled for Sunday, October 22, when Ang Lee’s
"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" is screened in Princeton University’s
new Frist Campus Center. Audience and gourmands will proceed to King’s
Castle in Princeton Shopping Center where the Arts Council will host
a traditional six-course Chinese banquet and tea-tasting. Paul Shu,
owner of Nassau Street’s Holsome Teas and Herbs, will provide rare
tea and commentary to accompany each course.
Children step into the limelight on Saturday, October 28, with a
arts and cooking event, considered one of the highlights of the
that will take place at the Arts Council building on Witherspoon
Children can choose one of three sessions (10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.)
to watch William Wegman’s 30-minute film, "Alphabet Soup,"
in which dogs teach children their ABCs while making pots of soup,
sandwiches, and late-night snacks. After the film, kids and adults
will be guided by Lynn Ringland, known as Martha Stewart’s "cookie
decorator extraordinaire," to decorate, and then eat . . . well,
though it seems a strange return, they can eat dog-shaped cookies.
With event number five, a new element comes into the
picture: "Sex, Food, & Videotape" is booked for Thursday,
November 2, in the Arts Council’s Loft Theater. Albert Sonnenfeld,
author and food scholar, who has studied aphrodisiacs and whose book,
"Food: A Culinary History," was published last year, will
show a selection of film clips accompanied by anecdotes about food
and film. A wine-tasting reception will follow the program.
On Sunday, November 5, the penultimate festival event is a grand
Feast" that will replicate, in spirit if not in menu, the feast
in Luis Bunuel’s 1972 "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,"
an Oscar-winner for best foreign film. Michel Reymond, chef at the
Institute for Advanced Study (also the site of the meal) and guest
chef Jonathon Waxman will produce this not-so-discreet extravaganza,
for which different levels of support are available. All patrons
complimentary admission to the next and last event.
A "community film screening" on Sunday, November 12, wraps
up the art and culture festival. A newly remastered print of Bunuel’s
masterpiece, produced to mark the centenary of his birth, will be
shown in the Frist Campus Center at 3 p.m. Albert Gabriel Nigrin,
of the Rutgers Film Cooperative and curator of the New Jersey Film
Festival, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.
This event was to have coincided with the re-opening of the renovated
Garden Theater, but no one who has renovated or remodeled any part
of their own home will be surprised that the premises will not be
ready in time.
Thus the Arts Council of Princeton plans to nourish the community
on both fronts. Those whose favorite activities include eating and
going to the movies — and especially those who enjoy doing both
these things at the same time — should be in movie buff hog
— Pat Summers
102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777. Call for a complete festival
schedule or to register for any event. The opening reception includes
continuous film clips and complimentary cake from area bakers. Free.
Friday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m
- Firebird Gallery, 16 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-0775.
The gallery celebrates its move across Witherspoon Street with an
exhibition featuring illustrations by Russian-born artists Andrej
and Olga Dugin from their forthcoming edition of "The Brave Little
Tailor." Now living in Western Europe, the couple is following
in the artistic tradition practiced by their friend and mentor,
Spirin. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday,
noon to 4 p.m. To October 29.
- Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings,"
a major exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history,
jointly presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton.
This is the first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish
community, scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th
Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social
work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.
- Pringle International Art, 8 Chambers Street,
"Alchemy and Magical Landscapes," a shared show of watercolors
by Simon Palmer and collagraphs by Brenda Hartill. Palmer’s
enigmatic paintings pay homage to the scenic Yorkshire dales where
he has lived most of his life. Hartill, also based in England, creates
abstract prints that derive from her love of the land, rock
and mineral elements. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. To October 14.
- Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142. Solo
show by Dutch Artist, Rolf Weijburg entitled, "L’Afrique
Atlas" or "Journey around Africa." To October 14. Gallery
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. "What
Photographs Look Like," a teaching show for Art History 248,
photography gems from the permanent collection. Daguerreotypes dating
back to photography’s inception in 1839, ambrotypes, tintypes,
and cartes-de-visites are featured, together with contemporary
Cibachrome, Polaroid, and digital prints; to October 15. Also,
at the Fin de Siecle: Lithographs of Toulouse-Lautrec," through
October 29. "Dutch Prints in the Golden Age," with prints
by Rembrandt and other Old Masters, to November 5. Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours are every
Saturday at 2 p.m.
- Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184.
"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections
of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main gallery
to November 5.
- Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Niches" by sculptor Thomas
a contemporary exploration of such biblical subjects as the
and the Visitation. McAnulty is chair of the sculpture department
at Adelphi University. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.
to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m. To November
"In my work I deal a lot with simple forms, timeless in their
simplicity yet unexpectedly complex in their imaginative
says McAnulty. "I have discovered that putting the figure in an
environmental niche not only becomes a way of isolating the figure,
but also of emphasizing a gesture with a sense of intuitive
- Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center,
609-896-5168. "Drawings and Paintings: From Here and Abroad"
by Marge Chavooshian. The gallery is located on the second floor of
the Student Center. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.;
Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To October 22.
- Rider University Multicultural Center, Route 206,
609-896-5168. Charlotte Sommer-Landgraf’s exhibition, "Computer
Images, Computer Persuasions," sponsored by the Straube Center
in Pennington. The artist gives a joint presentation with her husband,
Guenther Landgraf, former president of the Technical University of
Dresden, on Wednesday, October 11, at 5 p.m. Guenther Landgraf
the mathematical formulas for printing Sommer-Landgraf’s computer
art. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To October 13.
Charlotte Sommer-Landgraf is a native of Dresden, German and studied
at the Academy of Fine Arts there. She received European-wide
for her work on the restoration of the Berlin Opera House. Her best
known marble sculpture is "Freeing Oneself," created in what
was then Communist East Germany. The large monument stands at the
Elbe River’s edge since 1990 in homage to freedom. She has been
on creating computer graphics combining her imagination with
- Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,
Recent paintings by Mike Filipiak whose subjects include scenes of
Maine and Hunterdon County. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the show that runs to October 30.
- Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,
Annual Fall Exhibition featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and
by Charles R. Ross. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Show continues to November 12.
- Morning Star Gallery, 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,
609-397-3939. "From Our Point of View," an exhibition of
drawings, sculpture, and hand-carved frames by Susan Twardus & T.
Hugo Williams. Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.;
Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 15.
- In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,
609-397-1006. "All Chairs: Designs for 2001 and Beyond," a
show by the architect Matthew Huey. On view, Thursdays through Monday,
noon to 5 p.m., through October 30.
- Phillips’ Mill, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. The
71st Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, a prominent showcase
for art of the region, with $10,000 in awards. This year’s show
657 entries from 390 artists living within a 25-mile radius of New
Hope. Jurors were watercolorist Nessa Grainger, printmaker Tony
painter Jill Rupinski, and sculptors Phoebe Adams and Harold
Patrons’ Awards go to Behnam Khavaran, Harry Georgeson, and Barry
Snyder. Among the artists also winning prizes are James Feehan,
McVicker, Betty Curtiss, Tom Chesar, and Ferol Smith. Gallery hours
are Sunday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission
$3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 students. To October 29.
- Educational Testing Service, Carter and Rosedale roads,
609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference
High School Student Advanced Placement studio art show, featuring
works by 27 students from 12 states. Exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m., to October 15.
- Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New
732-524-6957. Group show by 12 members of the New Jersey Photography
Forum, a non-profit group of professional photographers, photo
and amateurs, to November 16. In the New Jersey artist series, recent
drawings by Barbara Weissberger, to October 13. Open weekdays by
- Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,
609-895-7307. Garden State Watercolor Society Associate Members Show,
the annual exhibition, juried by Gary Snyder of Snyder Fine Art and
Bernice Kisaday Fatto of Watercolorists Unlimited. Open Monday to
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 26.
- Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie Center,
"Latino Artists’ Exhibition," a group show featuring Monica
Camin, Dan Fernandez, Carla Hernandez, Maria Lau, Maria de los Angeles
Morales, Miguel Osorio, Christina Pineros, Orlando Reyes, Gloria
and Ivan Valencia. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani.
is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To November 3.
- Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. First
day for the annual faculty and studio artist show featuring recent
work in all media by Carolina Alvarado, Helen Bayley, Robert Beck,
Sarah Bernotas, Gail Bracegirdle, and others. Artists Gallery hours
are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 6.
- Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,
"Improvisational Bridges," an exhibition of paintings, prints
and computer-generated works by former Trenton native Eleanor A.
She is a professor at Queens College and has taught for over 30 years.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday
2 to 4 p.m. Reception is Saturday, October 7, for the show that runs
through November 5.
- Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,
"Of One Who Listens to the Stone," a group exhibition of stone
sculptures created by the staff and apprentices of the Johnson Atelier
Technical Institute. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. To October 5.
- New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,
609-292-6464. "Click! The Marvelous in American Vernacular
an exhibit of found photographs offering a diversity of American
ranging from quirky snapshots to haunting photographic documents.
Curated by Donald Lokuta of Kean University, Robert Yoskowitz of Union
College, and the museum’s assistant curator Margaret O’Reilly, the
show explores how great works of art influenced everyday photography.
To December 31. Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to
4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and state holidays.
Dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the 90 "ordinary
photographs of ordinary people" featured in this exhibition were
found in shoe boxes at flea markets and yard sales or retrieved. Taken
by anonymous photographers, their power may be the result of a lucky
accident or of inspired planning that is reminiscent of such photo
masters as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus. Found
photographs have become a hot new collectible in the art world.
Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21."
"Leonard Baskin, Clarence Carter, Jacob Lawrence, and George
New Jersey Remembers," through October 22; "Woven by Tradition
and Design: A Selection of American Indian Weavings, Textiles and
Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum Collections," to December
31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul
to January 7.
On extended view: "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and
"New Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;"
"Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection
of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire; New Jersey
and the Great Ice Age;" "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through
New Jersey’s Piedmont;" "Amber: the Legendary Resin;"
and "Washington Crossing the Delaware."
- Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,
609-695-0061. Landscape and floral paintings by Susan Weiss, an artist
of strong academic training, inspired by the American Impressionists’
vision of brilliant effects of light, color, and atmosphere. Gallery
hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to
- The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,
609-298-6970. Pastel works by Dressler Smith and portraiture by Nancy
Goodstein. Also represented, ceramics by the late James Colavita.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m., and by
- Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,
The gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary year with a a group show
featuring contemporary and classic art featuring artwork by the late
Mortimer Johnson and works by owner, Eric Gibbons. Gallery hours are
Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.
- Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,
Floral paintings by J.N. Betz, a resident of Kendall Park who studied
at Marymount Manhattan College of Hunter Graduate School. Shop hours
are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To October 7.
"Betz’s paintings have the capacity of bringing the viewer in
direct contact with the full majesty of each bloom at its exact peak
of maturity. It’s an exhilarating experience," says gallery owner
Abby Frantz. Betz work is on display at the corporate office of Jansen
Pharmaceutica, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Dow Jones.
- Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery
Road, 609-921-3272. Princeton Artists Alliance group show, "Visual
Variation," featuring works by 20 professional member artists.
These include Joanne Augustine, Clem Fiori, Lore Lindenfeld, Pat
Lucy Graves McVicker, and Charles McVicker. Additional artist events
take place Sunday, October 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday,
10 a.m.to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 20.
- Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North
Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Dust Shaped Hearts," a solo
show by Don Camp in the main gallery featuring casein and earth
monoprints. Also Julyen Norman’s "Ulysses Suite," woodcuts
and linoleum cuts depicting scenes from James Joyce’s novel. Gallery
hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1
to 4 p.m. Both shows continue to October 14.
- Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,
732-257-4340. The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "New Artists,
New Ideas, New Season" show, featuring work by more than 100
in natural outdoor installations. Featured artists include Sarah
Charles Welles, and Liz Whitney Quisgard. Gallery hours are Friday
to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
- American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New
Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Then and Now: Recent Museum Acquisitions
of Art and Folk Art," Extended to November 5. Donation $5. Museum
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to
- James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street,
215-340-9800. "In Line with Al Hirschfeld," a retrospective
documenting Hirschfeld’s life, career, and the history of the
arts. Exhibit, with accompanying lecture, tour, and film series, runs
through February 11. Museum hours Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings
to 9 p.m. Museum admission $5 adults; $1.50 students.
Also an installation by Yardley sculptor Elizabeth Miller McCue
a life-size sculpture inspired by Monet’s famous "Haystacks"
series; to October 22.
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