Like Sugar

Our taste for sweetness is a powerful force. It is one of the foundations of empires; of slavery; of ecological devastation; and of modern health epidemics and food injustice. Even knowing this, we love it. Flowers and fruits seduce birds and insects with their nectars; for human beings, sugar starts as cane, beets, or corn, and people have harvested and manipulated and packaged it to suit consumers’ fancies. We continually construct and reconstruct its meanings. Like Sugar will explore both the problematic and the joyful aspects of sugar, complicating our view of how this multi-layered substance affects us. Through artwork by contemporary artists such as Vik Muniz, Julia Jacquette, Zineb Sedira, Laurie Simmons, and others; historical materials such as maps, prints, and books; and material culture such as cane-cutting tools and sugar dishes, the show will raise questions and provide a space for dialogue about sugar in our lives. 
Explore Like Sugar through the lens of mathematics with the specially designed Math Trail developed for this exhibition by Flannery Denny, an educational consultant with 15 years of math teaching experience. The Like Sugar Math Trail is designed to engage our mathematical thinking and connecting math to real world issues and experiences. The Like Sugar Math Trail is available at the Tang’s Visitor Services Desk in the museum’s atrium.
Exhibition Name
Like Sugar
Exhibition Type
Faculty Curated
Group Exhibitions
Malloy Wing
Feb 9, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
Like Sugar is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, and Sarah Goodwin, Professor of English, Skidmore College; with Skidmore faculty Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Trish Lyell, Teaching Professor of Art; and Monica Raveret Richter, Associate Professor of Biology.
Maria Magdalena Campus-Pons, Sharon Core, Will Cotton, Tim Davis, Emily Eveleth, Jessica Halonen, Knute Heldner, Julia Jacquette, Bushra Junaid, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Garnett Puett, Mel Ramos, Becca Rea-Holloway, Zineb Sedira, Laurie Simmons, Kara Walker
Student Staff
Jada James
Exhibitions Assistant
Kat Berg
Exhibitions Assistant, Student Advisory Council, Collections Assistant, Exhibitions Intern
Serena Hildebrandt
2018-19 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern, Exhibitions Assistant, Tang Guide, Student Advisory Council
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