Oklahoma Contemporary
The Art of Food
Works of art in a gallery including a series of prints depicting foods as prescription labels, a print of pink cows on a yellow background and a cow sculpture on a plinth

The Art of Food

The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Feb. 2 – May 22, 2023
Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery

A large painted screen in the middle of a gallery with various prints featuring food on the walls
Installation view, The Art of Food

Food is more than sustenance. It is a source of pleasure, an excuse to gather and a form of art that evolves as quickly as our tastes demand. The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation features more than 100 artworks by 37 well-known contemporary artists highlighting the subject of food. Included are artworks by some of the biggest names in the field, including John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Lorna Simpson, and media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Whether celebratory or critical, each work presents a different, nuanced perspective on the central place food holds in everyday life.

Still life paintings featuring fruit
Installation view, The Art of Food

The Art of Food presents an opportunity for Oklahomans to consider where their food is from, as well as the ways in which food and society inform one another. Farming is an integral part of Oklahoma’s history and character. The ethos of working hard and putting food on the table resonates with the region’s culture and self-image. At the same time, immigrants from all over the world — particularly Mexico and Vietnam — bring culinary traditions that enliven Oklahoma’s social landscape. At a time when politics surrounding food — its production, regulation and distribution — dovetail with questions about land use, climate change and animal welfare, The Art of Food challenges audiences to think beyond food as sustenance. The exhibition invites viewers to think of food as a language used to depict the dynamic and insatiable social lives of people around the world.


Katherine Ace (American, b. 1953)
Neal Ambrose-Smith
(Native American, Salish, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, b. 1966)
Chris Antemann
(American, b. 1970)
John Baldessari
(American; 1931-2020)
Joseph Beuys (German, 1912-86)
Emily Brock (American, b. 1945)
Enrique Chagoya
(American, born Mexico, b. 1953)
Corwin Clairmont
(Native American, Salish-Kootenai, b. 1946)
Warrington Colescott
(American, 1921-2018)
Robert Cottingham
(American, b. 1935)
Abraham Cruzvillegas
(Mexican, b. 1968)
Richard Estes
(American, b. 1936)
David Gilhooly
(American, 1943-2013)
Robert Gober
(American, b. 1954)
Red Grooms
(American, b. 1937)
Damien Hirst
(British, b. 1965)
David Hockney
(British, b. 1937)
Jenny Holzer
(American, b. 1950)
Malia Jensen
(American, b. 1966)
Jasper Johns
(American, b. 1930)
Alex Katz
(American, b. 1927)
Ellsworth Kelly
(American, 1923-2015)
Roy Lichtenstein
(American, 1923-97)
Hung Liu
(American, born China, 1948-2021)
Bruce Nauman
(American, b. 1941)
Claes Oldenburg
(American, born Sweden, 1929-2022)
Robert Rauschenberg
(American, 1925-2008)
Ed Ruscha
(American, b. 1937)
Alison Saar
(American, b. 1956)
Analia Saban
(Argentinian, b. 1980)
Jonathan Seliger
(American, b. 1955)
Lorna Simpson
(American, b. 1960)
Donald Sultan
(American, b. 1951)
Wayne Thiebaud
(American, b. 1920)
Andy Warhol
(American, 1928-87)
Rachel Whiteread
(British, b. 1963)
Sherrie Wolf
(American; b, 1952)

The Art of Food is organized by Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and is curated by Olivia Miller, Curator of Exhibitions, the University of Arizona Museum of Art.


Installation views of The Art of Food at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University. Photo: Deann Orr / Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.


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