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Getting baked at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Flatbread Society, Temporary Bakehouse, 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Those on a diet might avoid carbohydrates, but organisers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University cannot get enough of them. The museum has commissioned the Flatbread Society—an international collective of farmers, oven-builders, astronomers, artists, soil scientists, bakers and folklorists—to create site-specific works inspired by humankind’s relationship to grain. The Land Grant: Flatbread Society (5 September-12 October) will feature a sculptural replica of the grain pit on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, a buzzing hub where grain futures have been bought and sold for 166 years. A set of sculptures that reflect the life cycle of grain—from threshing to seed storage to milling and baking—is due to be installed beneath the pit. The group is also expected to construct a temporary clay oven in the museum’s sculpture garden. The Flatbread Society is the inaugural participant in a new residency programme at the Broad Museum that will showcase work that addresses land use, food and sustainability. Who needs farm-to-table when you have farm-to-gallery wall label?

Published online 29 Aug 14

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