One of our island’s most iconic foods is the potato. In the early 20th century, from western Nassau County through the East End, Long Island was the hub of spuds. Many of our suburban homes are built on what were once rich, fertile potato fields. Often referred to as the humble spud or the lowly tuber, culturally potatoes don’t seem to get the recognition that they deserve. Our other local foodstuff icons such as pizza, bagels and duck seem to garner considerably more attention. Well, devotees of Solanum tuberosum can rejoice, as the potato is getting its day, in a most unique and surprising way.
Local professor, multimedia and interdisciplinary installation artist and potato impresario, Jeffrey Allen Price, also the founder of the Think Potato Institute and the Occupy Potato movement (and you wondered what a potato impresario was?), has organized a group exhibition and performance featuring MFA students and faculty from Long Island University C.W. Post campus, as well other local artists. Potatoville: Post-Potatoism will take place at Glenwood Church, 71 Grove Street in Glenwood Landing on Saturday, December 14. This one-day event begins with an art opening and reception from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a musical performance by Potatotron and other performers.
“Po-ta-toes!! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.” Potatoes as visual and performance art, why not? Later taters.