The latest exhibition of work by students in MFA Design for Social Innovation is on view through the end of the month at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, located at 209 East 23rd Street. “Putting It All on the Table” features 25 artists from 12 countries, each of whom uses a table as a platform on which to present his or her own perspective on the many global issues surrounding food—its production, distribution, consumption, environmental impact, and more. Kevin O’Callaghan, 3D Design chair and MFA Design for Social Innovation faculty member, is the curator.
“Food is a primary concern for everything that lives, regardless of where it is on the food chain,” says Cheryl Heller, the founder and chair of MFA Design for Social Innovation, the first graduate program in the burgeoning field of social impact design. “Food systems and food safety are central to social innovation and essential to solving issues of poverty, health, economics, justice and environment.”
“Putting It All on the Table” includes work by Elizabeth Abernethy, Covadonga Abril, Anna Luiza Braga, Rachel Dixon, Jenny Emmons, Carl Landegger, Ashley Larsen, Laura Kadamus, Gina Kim, Michelle Kwon, Meghan Lazier, Juno Lee, Xintong Liu, Akshata Malhotra, Pragya Mishra, Meryl Natow, Robin Newman, Kate Nicholson, Renzo Perez-Acosta, Swar Raisinghani, Rhea Rakshit, Haya Shaath, Maria Perez Tello, Yuka Uogishi and Liora Yuklea.
Images: Deserted Dinnertime by Elizabeth Abernethy (top) and Caught in a Maize by Gina Kim.