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Jen Monroe and Allie Wist: Concocting the Future Present

Oct 15, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

a glass globe with a flower inside
Credit: By Jen Monroe

MFA Fine Arts presents a discussion between Brooklyn-based chef and artist Jen Monroe and artist and editor Allie Wist.

Jen Monroe is a Brooklyn-based chef and artist whose food project, Bad Taste, is committed to exploring new ways of thinking about food and consumption, approaching food as fantasy and as a transportive medium. Her past work has included a concept dinner about the honey bee crisis, experimental cotton candy, a rendering of a futuristic seafood menu in response to climate change, a large scale jelly installation, and a series of immersive, monochromatic 10-course "color meals." Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Dazed, Vogue and Paper.

Allie Wist is an artist, photo editor, researcher and writer whose work is anchored in food systems, climate change and global landscapes. She works to examine food and climate futures from a necessarily entangled and eco-collaborative perspective, as well as create narratives that reexamine our collective consumption identities and histories. She is currently a photo editor at Bon Appétit (Condé Nast), and a part-time faculty member at The New School and New York University. She is the co-founder of mutamur, a futurist art and culture radio show and media collaboration. She is a contributor to Saveur and her work has been exhibited with Honolulu Biennial and the Wellcome Collection (London). Her writing has been featured in Promopress' Food Futures: Sensory Explorations in Food Design (2017) and various editorial outlets including NPR, BBC, Mold and Newsweek. She recently published an artist chapbook, A Ritual in X Movements, with Montez Press, and will be an artist in residence with Residency Unlimited’s Dirt & Debt program in Spring of 2020. She received her MA from NYU in food studies and holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University in media and fine arts.

Free and open to the public