About the Exhibition
Cultivate is a curated group show that uses food as a lens to examine cultural history, social equity, and the effects of globalization on communities. Food – how it is produced, the environmental conditions that make it sustainable, how it is consumed, the cultural practices related to it – has been the subject of art for centuries. From Northern Renaissance still life paintings, to Pop Art social metaphor, to contemporary relational aesthetics that spur social interaction, food remains an important subject of expression. The artists presented in Cultivate have chosen as their subjects elements that relate to all of these, while challenging viewers to consider our present relationship with what we consume as the fulcrum for our future relationships with one another, and with the environment.
Learn more about the artists whose works are included in Cultivate in this video by: Bird + Bird Studio.
C H C K N
Current City: New Orleans, LA, US
Artemis Antippas was born in 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Greek-American parents—an abstract painter mother and an art dealer father. Antippas attended American University where she received a bachelor’s degree in public communications and art history in 2008. Since 2014, Antippas has shown her work in three Louisiana Contemporary exhibitions at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2014-2016), three Prospect.3 satellite exhibitions, and several group shows in cities around the country including Boulder, Colorado; Brooklyn, New York; Washington D.C.; and Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in New Orleans and growing up in an art-centered family have been strong influences in Antippas’ artistic approach and unusual daily practice.
Current City: New Orleans, LA, US
Frisbie-Calder's background includes a BFA with honors in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, a residency in Providence (RI), study of large scale woodcuts abroad in Indonesia, a residency at Big Cypress National Preserve (FL), and special showings at a number of galleries, including in New Orleans, Denver, Providence (RI), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia). Canceled Edition explores innate human desires with the hope that a more honest understanding of those desires can contribute to a better understanding of how we live on this planet.
*Pitch Night Winner: Frisbie-Calder’s work was selected from among five artists that were invited to present at Pitch Night. Each artist was given five minutes and five slides to sell their ambitious, site-specific installation idea to a panel of local arts professionals including: Katie Pfohl, curator of modern and contemporary art at New Orleans Museum of Art; Gia Hamilton, director at Joan Mitchell Center; Nick Stillman, president and CEO at Arts Council New Orleans; Heather Duffy, exhibitions curator at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.
Salvador Jiménez Flores
The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti , La Resistencia de los Nopales Híbridos
Current City: Jamaica Plain, MA, US
Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the Midwest art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art.
He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others. Recently, Jiménez-Flores was awarded a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he serves as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston. He is also Resident Teaching Artist at Urbano Project and instructor at both Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Jiménez-Flores received his MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Drawing and his BAS from Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL.
The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti is an exploration of the themes of colonialism, migration, identity and futurism. The cacti, a resilient plant, can survive the most extreme weather conditions. Metaphorically, Jiménez-Flores sees these succulents as the hope for our future. Jiménez-Flores latest research is centered around the development of Mexican-Futuristic aesthetics in his work.
WINNER ArtPrize 9 Juried Grand Prize
The Heartside Community Meal
Current City: St. Paul, MN, US
Working independently or with others, Seitu Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks and was millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Jones has been awarded a number of prestigious designations and currently teaches Urban Food Systems at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.
On September 23, Heartside residents were invited to take part in a community meal presented by UICA, artist Seitu Jones, and a number of community partners. Guests of the event enjoyed a meal prepared by Grand Rapids chefs with ingredients cultivated from local gardens and farms on a tablescape designed by Seitu Jones and created by students, collaborators, and volunteers. The 250-seat community meal united neighbors, illuminated similarities and connections, and encouraged guests to share food stories and participate in over the table conversations about food traditions, attitudes, food justice, rituals, and access while celebrating our diverse neighborhood.
UICA thanks our generous Community Partners:
Access of West Michigan
Chef Eric Varga
Chef Sarah Munoz
Dwelling Place Properties
Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Cook Arts Center
Green NV Floral
Heartside Gleaning Initiative
Our Kitchen Table
Peach Ridge Farms
Thorlund Brothers Farm
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
Kyd Kane is a poet and spoken word artist from Grand Rapids, MI. Kane's most recent work, broke(n)hunger is an original spoken word poem that reflects on the artist's own experiences with food and her connections to and observations of food systems. Kyd Kane will also perform an original work, Communing Hearts, as a welcome to the Heartside Community Meal: A Public Art Project by Seitu Jones.
Perchance To Dream
Current City: Grand Haven, MI, US
Peoples is a self-taught artist whose works reflect on the cultural history of the Midwest with a comedic bend. Peoples has been experimenting with mold-making for several years, primarily casting in wax and creating work using multiples and repetition. Each work explores the significance of number, color, and form upon cognitive and emotional experience. Perchance to Dream reflects the idea of food as memory.
For Peoples, some foods have developed an iconic status in the collective consciousness, such as the well-known Circus Peanut candy. The subtext of this work derives from the fondness that Peoples' grandfather had for the peanut-shaped candies and Perchance to Dream is an homage to his memory.
“Comprised of screens from deconstructed televisions, tablets and smart phones that cannot be industrially recycled, I created Quench, an installation that points to our consumption of and obsession with technology. With a simple fold, I have transformed the screen into a form that suggests tears and rain.” - Danielle Riede
Danielle Felice Riede grew up in the United States and Iceland. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and also studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. As an undergraduate student, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in art and a minor in art history, at the University of Virginia. Riede also lived in Italy for four years and studied figure drawing at Accademia di Belle Arte di Firenze. Since 2003, Danielle has been making site-specific installations out of recuperated materials. Her international exhibition record includes galleries and museums in Mexico City, Athens, Cologne, New York, and many other cities. Danielle Felice Riede is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Herron School of Art and Design - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Danielle Riede worked with RecycleForce to harvest the screens used as part of her installation. This Indianapolis-based non-profit offers recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training and job placement to formerly incarcerated individuals.
UICA thanks the following for their support of Cultivate
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
Ferris State University
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
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