Thursday, April 26, 2012
06:00 PM–09:00 PM
Celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift with a special AfterHours event. Enjoy food, a cash bar, a discussion about “authentic” Mexican food, and free entry to the exhibition. This chat between museum Director Gary Vikan and food scholar Jeffrey Pilcher will examine the historical struggles between globalization and national sovereignty in the creation of “authentic” Mexican food.
6 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Drinks, food and access to the exhibition
7 p.m.-8 p.m. Spotlight with Gary Vikan: Planet Taco
People often ask, "what is authentic Mexican food?” The burritos and taco shells that many people think of as Mexican were actually created in the United States, while Americanized foods have recently been carried around the world in tin cans and tourist restaurants. By telling the stories of the “Chili Queens” of San Antonio and the inventors of the taco shell, it will show how Mexican Americans helped to make Mexican food global. This talk will examine the differing historical perceptions of Mexican food as well as the contemporary struggle between globalization and national sovereignty represented by the clash of fast food and Mexican regional cuisines.
About the Speaker
Jeffrey M. Pilcher first tasted Mexican food at the age of eighteen in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After recovering from the initial blast of salsa, he dedicated himself to studying the history and cuisine of Mexico, earning a doctorate in history at Texas Christian University in 1993. Now a professor at the University of Minnesota, he is the author of several books on the history of food in Mexico and around the world.
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After Hours at the Walters
Celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift with a special AfterHours event. Enjoy food, a cash bar, a discussion about "authentic" Mexican food and free entry to the exhibition.
600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201 (The Walters Art Museum)
The Walters Art Museum
Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Save the date for our next Super Thursday party, which will celebrate the closing of The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2014 Finalists Exhibition. Enjoy music and drinks on the sculpture court, explore the museum, and see the work of outstanding contemporary artists in the area. This event is free and open to the public. Please enter through Centre Street.
Bonneau Caprece Jazz Series and WEAA 88.9 FM presents Jazz @ The Walters
Time: 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Firm Roots featuring Brad Collins performs. Experience the hybrid of jazz, blues, funk, and R&B inspired by the traditions of organic American music interpreted by Brad Collins, one of Baltimore's favorite saxophone players. Tickets are $25 (20% off for members of the Walters and WEAA 88.9 FM.)
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