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ART: The Design of Dining

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Caroline Tell

Ever wonder how your ancestors ate their food? You can find out this summer at New York City’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. On display from May 5 to Oct. 29 will be “Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.” The exhibition will explore the evolution of Western dining and culinary culture from the Renaissance to the present by showcasing more than 300 pieces of historical and contemporary cutlery from the institution’s collection, like the 1966 French place setting above, as well as from the Tiffany Archives. The show will examine how etiquette trends, new materials and the somewhat recent need for disposable flatware have influenced the design of eating utensils and serving tools. “The culture of dining is an integral part of social history,” says Cooper-Hewitt director Paul Warwick Thompson. “‘Feeding Desire’ will demonstrate how sharing food can be an expression of love and power, duty and honor, knowledge and taste.”

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