Multidisciplinary art project opens at multiple venues throughout Baltimore

Baltimore, MD— Social Ingredients explores the significance of meal production and consumption as both a social component of everyday life and a meaningful art practice through sculpture, installation, video, performance, and public programs. The exhibition will be on view at Current Space (421 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201) from April 7 to 29 with an opening reception on April 7th from 7-10pm.


Featuring artists Nobutaka Aozaki, Christine Ferrera, Rosemary Liss, Christine Stiver and Tracie Jiggetts, and Tattfoo Tan, Social Ingredients provides an artistic viewpoint on the preparation, hosting and consumption of food, examining how people’s relationships with others are influenced by the meals they eat together, while creating a platform for diverse audiences to connect their everyday life with art.


The exhibition’s development is led by public programs, which took place at several art and non-art venues from February to March 2018. These events, workshops, and performances included: a Chinese Lunar New Year event featuring the screening of the movie, Eat Drink Man Woman alongside a Chinese potluck communal dinner at New America Diner; performances by Christine Ferrera Starbux Diary, and Christine Stiver and Tracie Jiggetts Too Damn Sincere at Showroom Café & Bar; and a pair of artmaking workshops recreating New York artist Tattfoo Tan’s project Eat Draw Play at R. House. 

In the Social Ingredients exhibition at Current Space, the documentation and research process of the project, as well as the outcomes and ephemera from the public programs, will be presented. At the opening reception on April 7th, artist Rosemary Liss will transform catering into an art piece and provide a special food experience for the audience. Christine Ferrera, Christine Stiver, and Tracie Jiggetts will also present variations of the pieces previously performed at Showroom Café in March. An updated, Baltimore version of artist Nobutaka Aozaki’s participatory work, Smiley Bag Portrait from 2013, will also be on view. This piece will be re-contextualized as part of Aozaki’s upcoming live performance on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8pm at R. House (301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211).


Social Ingredients is curated by Rebecca Lu, an MFA candidate in the Curatorial Practice program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), as her culminating graduate thesis project.


For interviews, gallery tours, and press images, contact Rebecca Lu at or 410-344-3619. For additional information, visit

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