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ART & FOOD
Artist Alison Knowles conceived of The Identical Lunch in the late 1960s, when her friend and fellow Fluxus artist Philip Corner noticed that she ate the same lunch every day: “a tuna fish sandwich on wheat toast with butter and lettuce, no mayo, and a cup of soup or glass of buttermilk.”
Turning this habit into a performance, she asked friends to try the same lunch, often at a local diner, and to write about their experiences. The project has evolved to include communal meals served by Knowles and artist’s books gathering photographs and participants’ descriptions of the events. In conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection, Knowles invited museum visitors join her with the Identical Lunch on Thursdays and Fridays at MoMA’s Cafe 2 during January of this year. (This exhibition will continue at MoMA until May 9th and MoMA's Cafe 2 is still serving a crustless Olive Oil Cured Tuna sandwich, with mixed greens for $10)
Japanese drum troupe
As a part of their "one earth tour", Kodo appeared at Avery Fisher Hall last Sunday for JapanNYC. They showed off the manic physicality of this Japanese tradition, what the world calls Taiko drums. In Japanese, the word taiko means drum, so the Japanese call this art form wa-diako (Japanese drums) and each different type of drum has a different prefix before "daiko". The O-Daiko is the largest drum of all taiko and takes tremendous strength and endurance to play for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. The historic O-Daiko (big taiko) were made from huge thousand-year-old trees and some O-Daiko weigh a ton or more. For the Kodo troupe the O-Daiko is currently played by seasoned master, Kenta Nakagome. His drumsticks, bachi, are like over sized dowels which he swings past his ears in a blur. Below is a video showing Kodo performing at the outdoor Mt. Fuji music festival in Japan.
Like language and community drums are an integral part of all civilizations of the world.
The Taiko story made me start thinking about this common denominator - DRUMS. They are part of every civilization, but we seldom beat on them anymore in today's sophisticated lifestyle.
My foot is constantly tapping with a tune in my head, so much so that people on airplanes have asked me to please stop. Our world today does provide the luxury of music available for our private enjoyment anytime we want, but when was the last time you beat on a drum? Drumming might not cure all of the worlds problems, but it is possible we have dropped a very important ball somewhere along the way - trying to be more civilized.
Enjoy these percussive videos from around the world. Feel free to pause the long ones and keep moving on.
ART & FOOD
|Performance Artist: Alison Knowles|
The Identical Lunch
Tuna on Toasted Wheat with lettuce.
TUNA SALAD Sandwich on Wheat.
A sandwich you will want to eat at every lunch.
- 1 (6 ounce) can waterpacked albacore tuna, drained
- 1 hard boiled egg diced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup diced sweet pickles
- 1/4 cup diced apple
- Wheat Bread
- In a large bowl, combine 1st 8 ingredients (tuna through apples) and mix well. Refrigerate covered or can be served room temp.
- Place a scoop of tuna salad on the bread and spread to the edges.
- Make sandwiches and enjoy!
MoMA's Cafe 2
Located at the
Museum of Modern Art,
Cafe 2 offers an array of delicious, fresh and seasonal Italian foods.
Guests order at the counter and are served at communal tables by the staff.
There is also an Espresso Bar for you to recharge
you after viewing art.
Cafe 2 is open to Museum vistiors only.
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