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You’ll Be Able To Literally Eat Art At This New Whitney Museum Exhibit

By Claire Leaden

You’ll Be Able To Literally Eat Art At This New Whitney Museum Exhibit

The Whitney Museum is getting a scrumptious new exhibit that will definitely make you question how much you understand modern art…

On display from Jan 15 through Feb 17, 2020, the exhibition sits alone in a stark white gallery, and simply features 20 narrow, wooden pedestals topped with various real fruits and vegetables.

The untitled work comes from 41-year-old New York artist Darren Bader, who’s also had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, MoMA-PS1, and many others. Bader calls fresh fruit and vegetables “nature’s impeccable sculpture.”

But won’t the art just go bad, you ask? As it ripens, the museum staff will actually take the pieces of fruit and chop, slice, shave, and dice them into a salad, which visitors can then EAT!

Facebook / Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo by Ben Gancsos.

The artwork will be refreshed every few days with a new selection of fruits and vegetables like pineapple, avocado, cabbage, broccoli, oranges and others.

You can participate in the immersive exhibit (aka eat some free fruit salad) on Mondays from 3pm–6pm, Wednesdays from 3pm–6pm, Fridays from 7:30pm–10pm and Sundays from 3pm–6pm.

And, surprisingly, this isn’t even the first recent instance of edible art (fruit, specifically)! If you’ve followed the news from this year’s Art Basel show in Miami, a piece of artwork that involved a banana taped to a wall with duck tape was actually eaten by a fellow artist (who is also from NYC).

Now the Whitney is apparently taking that concept and running with it…but word’s still out on how they’ll manage the fruit flies!

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When: January 15 through Feb 17, 2020

Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St.

Admission: To all museum exhibits, $25 for adults and $18 for seniors and students

For more info, see their website here.

feature image source: Whitney.org