For a few years beginning in 1971, the restaurant FOOD served as a center of life for a diverse group of artists who called Manhattan's SoHo home. Founded by local artists Carol Goodden, Gordon Matta-Clark and Tina Girouard, FOOD's flexible working hours and creative, exotic, homemade dishes added to the growing cultural and communal energy of a transitional neighborhood of raw lofts and alternative art spaces. The restaurant served not just as a place to work and eat: Matta-Clark designed the space's unorthodox layout, conceptual dinners were served on Sunday nights, and the whole functioned less according to the imperatives of a business than of an experiment in the melding of art and life.
The Banquet Years: FOOD, A SoHo Restaurant
lori waxman writes art criticism for Artforum and Modern Painters, performs it as the ““60 wrd/min art critic,”” teaches art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. An avid cyclist, she is nevertheless pursuing a dissertation about urban walking as a radical aesthetic practice of the twentieth century.
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lori waxman; The Banquet Years: FOOD, A SoHo Restaurant. Gastronomica 1 November 2008; 8 (4): 24–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2008.8.4.24
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