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Past Exhibits

Each year the museum mounts several temporary exhibitions, which generally are on view for a period of six to eighteen months. For some, smaller traveling versions have been sent to the Charlotte and Miami campuses of Johnson & Wales. These shows are built around our own collections or are collaborations with outside artists and scholars.

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A Pantheon of Chefs

Chart the history of the chef from servant to celebrity.

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Arts Diner

August 21, 2008 - September 30, 2009

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Chow Mein

Chow Mein, Chicken Wings and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era.
April 23-June 15, 2009
 

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The Winning Team

Country Fair to
Culinary Olympics

Cooking competitions, as viewed through the prism of fairs and expositions.

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Creative Survival: African-American Foodways in Rhode Island

An exhibit on the ingenuity of African-American cuisine in slavery, survival and celebration.

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Culinary Beginnings

This gallery highlights some of the tools and implements used centuries ago.

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Diners Still Cookin'

Celebrate a quintessential American institution, the diner.

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Dinner At The White House

This collection includes food related materials surrounding presidential fare.

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Edible Nanoscape: Food in the Scanning Electron Microscope

Edible Nanoscape: Food in the Scanning Electron Microscope

These unique photographs were taken by Geoffrey Williams, Facility Manager at the Leduc Bioimaging Facility at Brown University.

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Every Grain of Rice

Watercolors by Ellen Blonder.
April 4, 2008-June 5, 2008

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Food On The Move

The exhibit explores the traditions of feeding travelers.

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From Paper to Plate

From Paper to Plate

Inside the culinary arts sketchbook of William Brown, a Johnson & Wales student.

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From the Garden

Oil Paintings by Dorian Vincent Scotti.
September 15, 2008-January 9, 2009

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Fruit Crates

The Art of the Fruit Crate Label.
April 9, 2008-September 15, 2010

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Harry's Whimsical World

Kitchen Gadget Sculptures.
July 27, 2006-April 21, 2008

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Hometown Diners

These photos, taken by Robert O. Williams, sum up the life of the diner - the cooks, patrons, and the neighborhoods they serve.

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Lilliputian Landscapes

Foodscapes come to life in these artfully arranged photographs by artist Judy Robinson-Cox.

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On Safari

October 20, 2005-March 15, 2007

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Rhode Island: Small State, Big Taste!

This exhibit showcased the stories of the businesses that contribute to the unique flavor of Rhode Island foods.

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Time to Eat

Diners and other eateries in watercolor by Becky Haletky.
January 26-June 5, 2009

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Two Black Faces

The Power of a Sales Pitch.
February 1-April 15, 2009

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Working Together/Everyone Eats: 25 Years of the Empty Bowls Project

This exhibit celebrates the growth of Empty Bowls over the 25 years since its inception.

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