This Wednesday, I had the pleasure of taking part in a discussion panel hosted by The Museum of Modern Art's curator of architecture and design, Paola Antonelli. She is listed as one of the most powerful people in the art and design world and for good reason. The exhibition Talk To Me, currently on show at the MoMA, pushes the field of architecture and design to engage in broader cultural dialogues. Her current show invites museum-goers to put on headphones, gaze through 3D glasses, and explore a spectrum of real and imaginary visions for the future.Â Paola's objective through this panel was to connect scholars and professors to an interactive world of culture and architecture.
Antonelli rounded up a diverse group of speakers ranging from architect Bjarke Ingels to J-pop sensation "Sputniko!" as well as myself. We all gathered in the Roy & Niuta Titus Theater at the MoMA to discuss all things food, culture, and design. The program featured presentations, conversations, interviews, and performances.
I shared my story of opening Red Rooster in Harlem in order to change the footprint of dining in New York City; also, as a way for New Yorkers to experience African food from other African countries, as opposed to the ones they are commonly exposed to like Ethiopian and Moroccan.
Not only was I glad to speak about my culinary journey and Harlem, but it was an honor for me to be part of an event at the famous MoMa in New York. Being a part of that, and last week with the Brooklyn Museum, really show how cooking is not only seen as a profession or as a pastime, but finally as an art. Slowly as the culinary arts become more mainstream for audiences, hopefully the joy of cooking and the health benefits to preparing your own meals will also be more in the forefront of people's minds. This is surely help change the conversation of food in this country, to promote healthier living for a stronger new generation.
Photos:Â -= Bruce Berrien =-Â and Michele Wolfson