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Those are Fruit Labels

No, you didn’t mistakenly land on TFK’s slammin’ sister blog Family Style. It’s still The Family Kitchen, don’t worry. Bear with me. I made the trip up to North Adams this past weekend for my first visit to Mass MoCA, the Museum that has transformed the Berkshires town in Western Mass (on the Vermont border) into a Contemporary Art mecca. There was a stunning Sol Lewitt exhibit that is getting a lot of attention, but of course I spent a good amount of time at KidSpace, an interactive area designed for kids that happens to be showing a “You Are What You Eat” exhibit through Labor Day. All the artists were encouraged to use food and food products as the main materials in their works and the result is not just really cool for kids, it’s just really cool. My favorite artist was Luisa Caldwell  who creates collages out of fruit labels — you know, those annoying ones that tell you the brand, the variety, whether it’s organic. This work where the stickers were formed into draping jewels was my favorite. If you’re up in the Berkshires this summer, make sure you take the kids. There’s also a little art workshop right in the gallery where kids can respond to what they ate…I mean saw.

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