On The Table: Lexa Walsh

July 27, 2022
Event Types
Public Program

This series will include screen reader enabled PDFs. 

For more information, contact:

eagarner [at] mit.edu (Emily Garner)

For the fourth iteration of On The Table, artist, cultural worker and experience maker Lexa Walsh shares Meal Ticket to bring people together for a recipe exchange over a home-cooked meal. 

Walsh’s menu is designed as a communal curated meal and as an active recipe exchange. Share conversation with a group as small as eight or gathering of up to a hundred and come together to consider a recipe as a set of instructions that reflect on our values, culture, and place. Conclude the meal by weaving the recipes together to formulate a story for your iteration of meal ticket and create a community cookbook to cement the experience of the event.  

About The Artist

Lexa Walsh is an artist, cultural worker and experience maker. Walsh makes projects, exhibitions, publications and objects, employing social engagement, institutional critique, and radical hospitality. She creates platforms for interaction across hierarchies, representing multiple voices and inventing new ways of belonging, not only for people, but also for collections and archives. Walsh has done numerous exhibitions, tours and artist residencies internationally. Currently, she is launching the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Archive (BACAA), and is a virtual Artist in Residence at the Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University for the upcoming exhibition Shall Make, Shall Be: The Bill of Rights at Play. 

On The Table

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.

These menus are driven by current politics surrounding food access and sustainability while considering historical precedents of artists who have made art through communal meals. While some artist-designed menus may provide dinner party instructions or recipes to prepare, others will be imaginative prompts that invite creative interpretation. 

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.