The Next Supper: A Dinner Happening by Artist John Bell - Performance Views
A Dinner Happening by Artist John Bell: Be a Guest, the Subject, The Artist, the Star. Nationally emerging artist John Bell hosted "The Next Supper" an uncommon dinner party in which guests are the subject, the art, and the artist. The dinner took place in the cavernous Main Gallery at UMOCA. During "The Next Supper", dining tables were covered with unfinished canvases the artist screen-prints with text and images that serve as both provocation and backdrop. Bell encouraged guests to use their food and other elements on the table including wine, candle wax, flowers, and utensils to react to and complete the canvases. The artist assumed the role of facilitator and documentarian, and the result was a participatory work of art created between the artist and the dinner guests. Performance and paintings on display held in the Main Gallery.