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Kitchen Lab: Daily Research

With Open Field Artists-in-Residence Carl and Betsy DiSalvo

Part of Kitchen Lab: A Mobile Hearth for Collectivist Action

Join us as we do research in public. Each day, the Kitchen Lab team is inviting local experts to share their work. Featured participants include: chef Chris Roberts, whose series of pop-up restaurants mixes performance and gastronomy; historian Tracey Deutsch, whose research ranges from Julia Child to domesticity and capitalism; and Seitu Jones, an artist, activist, and senior fellow in the University of Minnesota’s agricultural systems department who’ll discuss black environmental thought.

Stay tuned to the Kitchen Lab blog for details.

  • Monday, June 18, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Walker Art Lab

Product designer and UMN professor Barry Kudrowitz will lead us through a series of team games based on improvisational comedy training that will help build specific skills related to prolific idea generation. These games also encourage group collaboration, rapid association and problem solving.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 10am – 11am, TBD (Tour Guide Study or FlatPak)

Seitu Jones, artist and Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, will talk about his work, including projects around urban farming, black environmental thought, and community practice.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Walker FlatPak**

Editor and writer Susannah Schouweiler will lead a workshop focused on writing thick description and detailed and useful instructions.

  • Thursday, June 21, 11am – 12pm, Tour Guide Study

San Francisco designer and artist Maria Mortati will share some of her work and talk about principles of prototyping and crafting participatory design.

  • Friday, June 22, 11:30 - 12:30 pm, Art Lab

Stephanie Grotta, Design Manager with Target Corporation, leads the Tabletop design team for Target’s Product Design and Development group. She will talk about design process, how to see, find, or make trends in tabletop design, link it to other trends, and how they move an idea through to production.

  • Friday, June 22, 12:45 – 1:45pm, Art Lab

Amanda Lovelee will be presenting some of her past work to the students in the context of the Kitchen Lab and Open Field, helping to explore how art and design can bring bring people together.

  • Monday, June 25, 1 – 2pm, Grove (FlatPak if raining)

John Kim and Sam Gould

  • Tuesday, June 26, 11:30 – 12:30pm, Grove (FlatPak if raining)

Chris Olson, head chef at Masa Sushi and Robata, will lead a workshop diving into the history of group dining. Conversation will segue into food exchange over lunch.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 1 – 2pm, Tour Guide Study

Historian Tracey Deutsch will discuss her project, “Putting Kitchens in Their Place,” which uses the nation’s most famous kitchen—Julia Child’s—to encourage discussion about how and why so many Americans became so interested in food and food politics in the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 10 – 11am, Parked on Vineland

Tamara Brown, registered dietician, chef, and owner of Sassy Spoon Food Truck will talk about what it takes to create a food truck and bring food to the streets: food safety, permits, what kinds of food she prepares and why, and encounters/stories she has had with her clientele.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 2pm, Flatpak

Rita Panton will be discussing her art, her ideas concerning food, kitchens and social justice, and her work with nonprofit Open Arms, a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers healthy food to people living with life-threatening diseases.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 3 – 4pm, TBD

Michelle Horowitz, activist, chef, and executive director of North Minneapolis nonprofit Appetite for Change, will talk about this North Minneapolis organization that brings people together around food to build capacity for creating social, racial, and economic justice while bettering communities and making families more powerful agents of change.

  • Thursday, June 28, 10:30 – 11:30am, Tour Guide Study

Chef and cultural producer Chris Roberts will talk about his work with food and performance, specifically organizing pop-up restaurants with courses synched to installation and performance at feminist queer community art center, Madame.

  • Thursday, June 28, 11:30am – 12:30pm, TBD (pending confirmation)

Director Lisa Lee and food curator Tara Lane will talk about their boundary-pushing work at the Jane Addams Hull-House in Chicago, the dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. They’ll focus on Re-Thinking Soup, a weekly modern day soup kitchen combining healthy soup and conversation about urgent social, cultural, economic, and environmental food issues.


Kitchen Lab is presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture/College of Design and the Institute for Advanced Studies. The artists’ research for Kitchen lab is supported in part by Intel.

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Major support for Open Field is generously provided by the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.