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  • reusable bags with vegetables, text reads museum from home diy
  • Family sitting grouped together, looking various digital devices
  • Cover for The Complete Guide To Cake Decorating

Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | June 4, 2020

#MuseumFromHome is a series from Cambridge Art Galleries with carefully curated content just for you. Join us as we explore different themes.

Quarantine has given many of us the opportunity to experiment with and think more about our food. From finally trying a sourdough starter to planting an herb garden, there are lots of ways to be more mindful about what we put in our bodies. More than just sustenance, food and the meals we make, bring people together in times of happiness and sadness. It is an everyday ritual that people the world over have in common and perhaps because of this, it is no surprise that food is a prominent theme in the history of art, spanning decades and styles. So, join us this week as we play with food!

Start off by touring some Canadian farms to see where our food comes from.

Food art meets fibre art in these colourful 'embroidered' cakes by Leslie Virgil.

Contemporary artist, Rirkrit Tiravanija breaks down the complexity of art through social interactions with the public, many of which involve the sharing of a meal. In his exhibition 'Untitled (Free).' Tiravaija turned the gallery into a kitchen where he serves rice and Thai curry. Take a look at the MOMA's recreation of 'Untitled (Free)'.

Renaissance artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, painted court portraits of people in an unusual manner for the time. Instead of a traditional portrait, Arcimboldo combined fruits and vegetables to compose the features of the face. Explore this unique artist's work with these resources: an Atlas Obscura article, this video from the Smithsonian, and this family-friendly cartoon: Art with Mati & Dada - Arcimboldo.

Take a foodie tour through the history of art with this Google Arts and Culture digital story: A Bitesize History of Food in Art

We can't get enough of these beautiful scenes made with food by Culinary Canvas.

Make your own fun at home with these 15 food hacks for kids, or try these 25 food art ideas to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies.

Bonus Content**

Make your next meal or snack Instagram-worthy with this Lynda.com photography course: Learning Food and Drink Photography. Don't have a fancy camera nearby? Try out these simple mobile photography tips.

Looking for a new skill? Why not try the art of cake decorating by borrowing The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, suitable for all skill levels.

Try some new recipes with popular magazine titles like Bon Appétit and Food Network magazine, on RBdigital, one of our magazine apps that is available for your tablet, phone, or computer. 

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