This week Betty and I headed North to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. It was truly a lovely day and so we rode the entire lakefront trail from downtown to Evanston (roundtrip 26 miles) to view the exhibition, The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates by artist Julie Green.
For 15 years Green has been painting the last meal requested by inmates prior to their execution. She is also committed to painting 50 more plates each year until capital punishment no longer exist.
With conflicted feelings when considering varied aspects of the content, the cold tone of the painted blue supers, and last the application of these images on plates that could be in your loving mother’s kitchen, I took the long way home grateful I had peaceful time to think.
Betty and I will be off for now but always encouraging you to explore and learn. Art is everywhere and is an incredible means for communicating universal social and societal issues that concern us all.