In the eyes of American artist Darren Bader, fruits and vegetables are not only mere groceries, but are more accurately described as “nature’s impeccable sculpture.” This exact belief sets the framework for Bader’s new “fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in which fresh produce become sculptural objects before eventually being consumed by the audience.
Bader’s installation sees the likes of pineapples, mangos, kiwis, lettuce, broccoli and more positioned atop wooden pedestals, reimagining their typical environment of the grocery store or kitchen into an immaculate gallery space. At select days and times throughout the week, museum staff will then remove all of the produce before it over-ripens, chopping and slicing the food into fresh salads for visitors to eat and effectively transforming the exhibition into an interactive one. After the transition, the space is restocked with a crisp assortment of fruits and vegetables, recreating the gastronomy-meets-art experience all over again.
Darren Bader’s “fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad” is on display now at the Whitney Museum until February 17, 2020. Visitors can take part in the eating component from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays.
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Please eat the art: fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad opens today! Featuring an untitled work by Darren Bader that presents produce as formal objects on pedestals, the exhibition runs for only one month. Before over-ripening, the fresh fruits and vegetables—“nature’s impeccable sculpture,” according to Bader—are chopped, sliced, shaved, and diced into a salad, which is served to visitors. The artwork is then refreshed with a new selection of fruits and vegetables. Tap the link to see when salad-making and eating will take place and to buy tickets. — Darren Bader, no title, not dated. Fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Sascha S. Bauer and Eleanor Heyman Propp 2015.108. © Darren Bader. Image courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York