NY Times Putting It All On The Table

by Anne Mancuso

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Originally posted in the New York Times

‘Putting It All on the Table’ (through Friday, 1/31) When is candy corn not just a sugary morsel to pop in your mouth? When it is the building block for “Caught in a Maize,” below, an art piece by Gina Kim focusing on the prominence of corn — good and bad — in our diets. It is among the 24 works by graduate students in the School of Visual Art’s Design for Social Innovation Program that are currently on view at the school’s Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, Manhattan.

This free exhibition, centered on student perceptions of food and its worldwide production, tackles such issues as pesticides in farming, the demise of bee colonies and the dearth of healthy food in some neighborhoods. The table is the common element of the works, which also include, top, from left: “Forecast: Garbage Tornado,” by María Fernanda Pérez Tello; “The Halal Girl,” by Haya Shaath; “Color Picking for Your Organs,” by Xintong Liu; and “Tangled Up in Red,” by Rhea Rakshit. Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; No sampling, please. 

See the projects here.