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November 04, 2011

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Upcoming Exhibit Explores Local and Global Connections to Food
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
January 28 – June 10, 2012

Seattle – Representative of culture, tradition, and survival, what we eat is essential to our connections to each other and the earth. The Burke Museum presents an exhibit that examines crucial topics surrounding communities and food in Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a traveling exhibit.

Hungry Planet introduces families from 10 countries around the world through photographs of family members at home, at the market, and surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. Additional text and displays explore myriad issues of food in the 21st century, from sustainable farming to cultural survival.

The 40 color photographs, depicting everything from drive-thru fast food restaurants in America to open-air kitchens in Mali, provide a thought-provoking analysis of worldwide food consumption that documents the sharp contrasts and universal aspects of this essential human pursuit.

Augmenting Hungry Planet is a related Burke display, Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound, which documents archaeological and historical research about thousands of years of food traditions in the Puget Sound area. Current efforts to revitalize these food traditions by tribal members in the region are highlighted.

Accompanying weekend programs will be presented in partnership with PCC Natural Markets and other organizations and will include talks, tastings, and participatory activities. The series will kick off on Saturday, January 28, with a day-long opening celebration. Additional programs will explore local and global topics, from cultural revitalization to the future of food.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is a traveling exhibit organized by the Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, based on the best-selling book by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio.

Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound was developed by the Burke Museum in collaboration with guest curators Warren King George, Muckleshoot/Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Historian/Traditionalist and Elizabeth M. Swanaset, Nooksack/Cowichan/Laq'a:mel Tribes, Cultural/Traditional Foods Specialist.

Title sponsors include Microsoft, the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation, and PCC Natural Markets. Additional sponsorship provided by 4Culture, the Quest for Truth Foundation, and the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund.

Image: Ecuadoran Family. © Peter Menzel, 2004. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats will be on view January 28 – June 10, 2012.


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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

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© Peter Menzel, 2004.