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The Polygon Presents Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography

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The Polygon Gallery presents the Canadian premiere of the delectably colourful touring exhibition Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography. Initially scheduled for 2020, but postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic, the sweeping show will be on display from March 4 to May 30, 2021.

Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
Sharon Core, Early American – Still Life with Oranges, 2008, C-print. Courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography

  • Where: The Polygon Gallery (101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver)
  • When: March 4 to May 30, 2021 (Wednesday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, open until 8:00pm on Thursdays)
  • Tickets: Admission to The Polygon Gallery is by donation, made possible through generous, multi-year support from BMO Financial Group.

Curated by writer Susan Bright and Aperture Foundation’s senior editor Denise Wolff, Feast for the Eyes tells the history of photography through the enticing lens of food. Featuring the work of more than 60 of the world’s leading artists from the late 19th century to today, including Guy Bourdin, Man Ray, and Wolfgang Tillmans, the exhibition brings together a mouth-watering assortment of over 100 images from photojournalism to fashion photography, from rare cookbooks to advertising.

“The exhibition documents not only the history of photography through one of the most commonly depicted subjects in visual mediums — food — it also illuminates the shifting outlines of our individual and collective identities through acts of communing, hospitality, and sharing. We are delighted to showcase some of the more provocative images created by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, and to share how disparate genres of photography have been used to express food’s central, sustaining, role in our lives.” – Reid Shier, Director of The Polygon Gallery.

Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
Carl Kleiner, Hembakat är Bäst, 2010, Pigment print on acid-free cotton rag 300 gr. Courtesy Carl Kleiner and Evelina Kleiner.

Still Life pays homage to photography’s earliest inspiration, still-life painting, with a focus on classical subjects and composition. The images demonstrate how photography has both borrowed from and subverted the genre of still-lifes, while showcasing the technical and artistic potential of the photographic medium. Black-and-white works by photographer Roger Fenton, one of the world’s first war photographers, are featured alongside work of other pioneers, Edward Weston, the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Imogen Cunningham, who broke through gender barriers to help redefine modern photography.

Around the Table examines the social and cultural rituals and traditions around food and community. Some highlights include photographs by Weegee (Arthur Felig), who documented everyday rituals around food such as early-morning bagel deliveries in 1930s and 40s New York, and the Foods of the World series of cookbooks published by Time and LIFE, which captured representations of cultural and national identities through food. A special display of both historical and local cookbooks will be showcased adjacent to the section.

Playing With Your Food reveals how food ignites all five of the senses. Carolee Schneemann’s groundbreaking performance Meat Joy NYC (1964) reflects patriarchal views on cooking by visualizing men and women in ecstatic ritual with food. Pop Art’s tongue-in-cheek humour will be on display with Vik Muniz’s peanut butter and jelly recreation of Warhol’s Double Mona Lisa, and Ed Ruscha’s deadpan portraits of cans of Spam. This section is complemented by a library of rare cookbooks attendees can browse through.

Following the 2017 Aperture publication of a book by the same name, Feast for the Eyes has since traveled to Foam (Amsterdam), The Photographer’s Gallery (London) and the Hasselblad Foundation (Gothenburg).

COVID Safety Protocols

The Polygon has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All exhibitions are planned in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent order, including capacity restrictions, social distancing, mandatory mask wearing, and sanitization of high-frequency touch points.

Enter to Win

To spread the word about the exhibition, the Polygon has offered up a $150 prize package to a lucky Miss604 reader! The package will include a variety of kitchen supplies, pantry items, and a cookbook. All of the items will be pulled from The Feast Shop, an expansion of the gallery’s retail store (open during the exhibition’s run) guest curated by Eric Pateman from Edible Canada. 

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Feb 26-28

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A mural festival, photography exhibit, online talks and classes, and art programming wrap up February in Vancouver. Black History Month concludes with a few online events, which are listed below, and check out a few more things to do in Vancouver this weekend, online and beyond:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, February 26, 2021
BCBHAS Black History Month Events
Lan Tung: Have Bow Will Travel
UBC Bands: Winter Showcase
Ethọ́s Lab Presents: Black Futures Month Youth Celebration
DanceHouse: Speaking of Dance – Future Memory: Session 2
Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts in February
Burrard Arts: Annie Briard, Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee
Indigenous History in Colour by Luke Parnell
Talking Stick Festival
Vancouver Boat Show (Virtual)

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March Events in Metro Vancouver 2021

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It’s already time for cherry blossoms and spring break! This month you can tune into arts programming online, from dance to opera, along with virtual galas, conferences, and community celebrations. Check out the list of March events in Metro Vancouver below and feel free to send in your event to be listed – anytime – for free.

March Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Monday, March 1 to Sunday, March 7, 2021
Jump to: Monday, March 8 to Sunday, March 14, 2021
Jump to: Monday, March 15 to Sunday, March 22, 2021
Jump to: Monday, March 22 to Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Extras/All Month

Monday, March 1, 2021
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VanDusen: Introduction to House Plants
Microcosmos Quartet Livestream
All My Relations: Trauma-Informed Engagement
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sponsored by Miss604: JCC Sports Dinner
UBC School of Music: Miranda Wong, Piano: Of Songs and Dances
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Light: The Key to Planet Hunting – Home Learners Webinar
Thursday, March 4, 2021

SPARK FX 2021 Conference
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Friday, March 5, 2021

David Ward | Station 234 w/Special Guest
SPARK FX 2021 Conference
Gravity: Our Cosmic Glue – Family Programming
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Saturday, March 6, 2021

First Saturday Open Studios
Rogue Folk Club Presents: The Early Spirit Trio
Riley Park Farmers Market
Storytime Saturdays at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
Zee Zee Theatre Presents Virtual Humanity
SPARK FX 2021 Conference
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Bright Downtown
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Rise and Renew: Online Workout + Mini-Retreat Monthly Series
Zee Zee Theatre Presents Virtual Humanity
SPARK FX 2021 Conference
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Bright Downtown
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

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10 Reasons to Support Local During Taste of the Tri-Cities

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Please note current Provincial Health Orders require that we dine only with someone from our own household, and within our local community. So, support your neighbourhood restaurants with take out or dine in.

How would you like to try something new for dinner tonight? Taste of the Tri-Cities is the first ever foodie event of its kind in this region, serving up dozens of offers at restaurants throughout Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, including over 25 in Coquitlam alone. 

Beanery Coffeehouse & Eatery
Beanery Coffeehouse & Eatery

Taste of the Tri-Cities

If you aren’t already excitedly researching your options, here are 10 reasons to support some of your favourite local restaurants during this event from Monday, February 15 until Friday, March 19, 2021.

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Vancouver Writers Fest Online Book Auction

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The Vancouver Writers Fest has just launched an online book auction, on now until March 4, 2021.

Vancouver Writers Fest Book Auction

Vancouver Writers Fest Online Book Auction

Over the last year, we have found ourselves retreating to the comforts of home and taking solace in the books that we love, and new titles we can discover. The Vancouver Writers Fest asked Canadian authors and media personalities to recommend and donate a book that helps them find solace and inspiration.

2021 Book Auction: Reading in the Time of Covid is comprised of books donated by Festival authors and Vancouver media personalities. All donated books include a personal message for the winning bidder about how this book offers support and warmth as we all continue to navigate the impact of the global pandemic. All proceeds from this auction support the Vancouver Writers Fest’s programs.

Highlighted donations include a much-loved copy of Toni Morrison’s Beloved donated by Margaret AtwoodThe Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow from the collection of Giller Prize-winner David BergenThere There by Tommy Orange donated by Waubgeshig Rice and A Visit to Don Octavio by Sybille Bedford, donated by Eleanor Wachtel along with a personal essay about her selection.

The Festival is also offering up some Granville Island mystery packages. Each bundle will include two books and two treats from the Granville Island Market. These packages have a value of over $80 and are available to purchase for $50.

Explore the auction items online and register to place your bid.