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Upcoming Exhibits

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on The American Diet

What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? logo September 27, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.

We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

GYRE: The Plastic Ocean

Bounty Pilfered, 2014,
Pam Longobardi

January – June, 2015

A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.

A unique art and science exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, brings the problem into perspective.  Organized by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.

For decades artists have created works that address the relationship between community and environment. Today, plastic packaging finds its way into the hands of artists via our ocean biosphere. Some, such as Atlanta-based artist Pam Longobardi, take an almost archaeological approach to collecting and curating bits of plastic trash while fashioning it into works of art. Others, such as Anne Percoco, collect materials to create community-based work that is often tactile and playful. More than 25 artists from around the world explore these ideas from multiple perspectives in Gyre. The result is a remarkable visual narrative and a provocative look at the impact we each have on our world.

GYRE: The Plastic Ocean is sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Director for Communication; the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Office of Noncommunicable Disease, Injury and Environmental Health; and Go Green, Get Healthy, Office of Safety, Security, and Asset Management, CDC.

Exhibit Overview | Anchorage Museum

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