On the Table: Lexie Smith

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Virtual Event

Our remote summer series, On The Table will present six artist-designed ‘menus’ to respond to what is 'on the table' when it comes to sharing a meal today. Artists creating the series’ prompts include: Lexie Smith, Seitu Ken Jones, Jon Rubin & Habibullah Sorosh, Lexa Walsh, Asunción Molinos Gordo, and TJ Shin.

For the first week of On The Table, artist and baker Lexie Smith invites participants to join in a game that probes the roles inherent to group gatherings.

In lieu of a menu, Smith has designed a game where each guest will be assigned a role by blindly drawing a title and brief description from a pool. There are physical actors and emotional actors. Aside from the Host, no one knows whose role is what, or what the other roles are. This meal looks at the isolation inherent to participating in gatherings outside of our usual social environments (and sometimes present even within them) and works to dissolve group hierarchies through directed participation and activation of ubiquitous expertise. 

A new iteration of On The Table will be released on the List Center website every other Wednesday, from June 15 to August 25, 2022. Participants are invited to engage with the programs asynchronously throughout the season. Artist-designed prompts can be experienced anywhere and anytime. Visit the program page to learn more about the series. 

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