The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet is an art exhibition hosted by the Cathedral, in keeping with its long history of engagement with issues of social justice, the environment, support for the arts, and community involvement. Guest curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, the exhibition focuses on food security, accessibility, and sustainability by bringing together artists who not only grapple with these issues, but also actively engage the audience. Installed in the bays and chapels inside the Cathedral, as well as throughout the gardens, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: Water, Soil, Seed, Farm, Market, Meal, and Waste—a reflection of the cycle of food production.
Additionally, the Cathedral will host a number of presentations and workshops by speakers who make community outreach and participation a central part of their practice. These programs will include—but are not limited to—panels on urban farming, labor rights, the history of the dishes that many of us know and love, and the relationships between food and faith.
This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from Jack and Susan Rudin on behalf of the Rudin Family, Panta Rhea Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, GRACE Communications Foundation, Munex Fund at The San Diego Foundation, and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. BeeSpace is a part of ProfileUS: Invasive Species and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as additional support from Puffin Foundation West. Hunger Through My Lens is presented in collaboration with Hunger Free Colorado.
The Value of Food runs from October 6, 2015 to April 3, 2016. The exhibition is on view during the Cathedral's regular hours, 7:30 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. (Please note that there is limited access to parts of the Cathedral on Sundays—full access on Sundays is typically between 1 and 3 pm.)