The Parrish Art Museum Presents

The Art of Food:
from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer
and His Family Foundation 


Wayne Thiebaud (American (1920-2021).

Sandwich, trial proof, 1968, linocut, 171⁄2 x 22 in., Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation 


Water Mill, NY [March 26, 2024] – The Parrish Art Museum announces the opening of its spring exhibition, The Art of Food, on April 21, running through June 30.

The Art of Food explores the profound role of food in shaping cultures and communities. More than one hundred drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and ceramics by 37 artists from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Foundation will be exhibited at the Parrish. Among these are major postwar figures such as David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol; contemporary artists include Enrique Chagoya, Jenny Holzer, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, and Rachel Whiteread; and artists with deep roots in the East End of Long Island, including Robert Gober, Roy Lichtenstein, and Donald Sultan.

“The title of the exhibition aptly encapsulates how food continues to inspire and fascinate artists,” said Corinne Erni, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator of the Parrish Art Museum. “This exhibition brings together a remarkable array of works that delve into the multifaceted nature of food as a cultural symbol and a medium of artistic expression. The works offer a lot of joy and provoke a lot of questions about food in our society.”

The artworks come to the Museum from the renowned private collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, a businessman and philanthropist who generously lends his works to worldwide institutions. Schnitzer, who began collecting in 1988, now holds over 20,000 works in his collection.

“Since time began, every artist of every generation has used food objects in their art. Food is the most universal part of our lives. Think food and shelter. In today’s world, food impacts every aspect of our lives. Our social interactions, what we put in our bodies, those who face malnutrition every day, the effect of climate change on food production—all critical issues of our time,” Jordan Schnitzer said. “The artists in this exhibition bring us joy and humor, but also thoughtful challenges about our health based on what we eat! I hope everyone who visits this exhibition comes away with new thoughts about the importance of food in our lives through the voices of these amazing artists!” 


Roy Lichtenstein (American (1923-1997).

Bull Profile Series: Bull III, edition 14/100, 1973, lithograph, screenprint, and linecut 27 x 351/16 in., Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.


The exhibition relates to the East End of Long Island’s distinguished history as one of the most important fishing and agricultural regions in New York State. The area was developed into agricultural land in the 1640s, and by the 1820s as many as 95 percent of the residents lived on farms. While Greenport and Sag Harbor were ports for trade and whaling, Peconic Bay was known for its fish and shellfish. Today, the East End remains an agricultural center, producing more than one hundred different crops, and is an increasingly prominent wine region with more than 60 vineyards.

“We are grateful to Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation for bringing The Art of Food to the East End. The exhibition enables the Parrish to help showcase the region’s rich agricultural heritage and provides a wonderful connection to our communities and remarkable natural surroundings,” said Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Executive Director, Parrish Art Museum. “We are thrilled to host upcoming events where visitors can further engage with the intersection of food, art, and community.”

In conjunction with the exhibition and in celebration of the region’s agricultural history, special food events will be organized in partnership with the James Beard Foundation and local organizations, spanning educational programming, workshops, and conversations. From interactive digital archives to hands-on workshops, the initiatives are designed to spark dialogue and creativity around the exhibition’s themes.  


Analia Saban (Argentinian (b. 1980).


Plastic Bag, edition 7/20, 2016 Mixografia print on handmade paper. 281⁄2 x 20 x 11⁄2 in.. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation 


The Art of Food: from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation is organized by the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. At the Parrish, the exhibition is organized by Corinne Erni, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, with additional support from Kaitlin Halloran, Assistant Curator and Publications Coordinator.


The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avoca on as a collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection has become one of the most important post-war and contemporary collections in all mediums, exceeding 20,000 objects and has grown to be the country’s largest private collection of prints and multiples. He generously lends work from his collection to quali ed ins tu ons with no addi onal fees. The Foundation has organized over 180 exhibit ons and has had art exhibited at over 160 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Schnitzer Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi -tenant industrial, multi -family and retail properties in six western states.

The Foundation was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization to manage the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. The Foundation publishes scholarly brochures, exhibition catalogues, and catalogues raisonnés in conjunction with exhibitions drawn from the collec ons. The Foundation also funds museum outreach and programming–especially to lesser served communities–furthering the mission of letting artists speak to us, through their art, on important issues facing society.



The Parrish Art Museum is a place to discover and connect with ar sts and art with a focus on the rich creative legacy of the East End and its global impact on the art world. Inspired by the natural setting and historical artistic community of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum celebrates its legacy through a distinctive contemporary lens and socially conscious global context. The Parrish illuminates the creative process and how art, architecture, and design transform our experiences and our communities, and how we relate to the world. Access to relevant cultural engagement, artistic inspiration, a natural environment, and architectural ingenuity characterizes the Museum experience as a unique destination for the region, the nation, and the world. 



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