Good chefs will agree that most dishes require the perfect combination of a few select ingredients—whether traditional or experimental, and enthusiastically throwing in too many ingredients can often dilute the end results. Perhaps that same tendency is what led self-proclaimed food blog fanatic Chelsea Shannon to describe the flavor of the current exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) as “unclear.” In her Glasstire review of See Food: Contemporary Photography and the Ways We Eat, she states that “the show reads like a smorgasbord of perspectives with no narrative binding it all together besides the fact that everything features food.”
The curatorial smorgasbord approach also seems to have affected HCP’s programming. On January 7, HCP will host a panel discussion about “how the ways we see food in our everyday world are shifting due to emerging technology, new media and industry trends.” It’s a thought-provoking theme with an incredibly interesting variety of speakers, but with seven panelists, a moderator and the exhibition curator, it may prove too much to digest in one evening. Like the exhibition itself, there are fantastic ingredients that make the trip to HCP a must for art food lovers, but they could have made several tastier meals out of this.
Here is the lineup, which starts at 6 pm (and includes “light bites” courtesy of Sparrow Bar+Cookshop!):
See Food curator Natalie Zelt will give a tour of the exhibition starting promptly at 6 pm. Teresa Byrne-Dodge, publisher of My Table Magazine, will moderate the following panelists: Monica Pope, of Sparrow Bar+Cookshop; Jim Gossen, Chairman of Sysco Louisiana Seafood; Greg Morago, Food Editor for the Houston Chronicle; Scott Howard, Board President of Urban Harvest; Paula Murphy of Patterson & Murphy Public Relations (PR for food, restaurant and hospitality industries); Brooke Sinclair of the Houston Food Bank; and Chuck Cook, food photographer.