Design November, 1 2008

Feeding Desire

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What we eat, where we eat and how we eat is an inescapable component to “culture.” Foodways, you might have noticed, is a common – if subtle – theme here. A new exhibition at Winterthur opens tomorrow, November 1, and will help satiate our interest for a while.

Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500 – 2005 draws objects from the Cooper-Hewit and documents from the Winterthur library together to tell the tale of flatware. Lest you think the knife, fork and spoon are boring, changes and design developments in these implaments reveal a rich and exciting history of dinning. The theater of the table! Perhaps an overly grand sentiment, but still the exhibition has all the elements of a great material culture exercise. Start small, reveal a wealth of cultural discovery.

Couple a trip to the exhibit with next weekends Delaware Antique Show (the fall’s best collection of dealers, objects and amusingly attired collectors), tag on dinner at MORO, and you’ll have pretty much exhausted the first state’s big city of Wilmington.