"Are We What We Eat?" at Corcoran Gallery of Art Thursday, Jan. 2

What does it mean to be well- fed? Is it only the vitamins and minerals we absorb, or do other things we consume culturally influence our well-being? Students from Milan’s Accademia di Brera present their answers to that question in the new exhibition at the Corcoran’s Gallery 31, “Are We What We Eat?” In conjunction with the 2015 Milan Expo, which focuses on food use and sustainability, the students display gastronomically themed work. Some pieces, like an untitled abstract spray painting in shades of blue, require a broader explanation, while others, like Patricia Autenrieth’s chart chronicling her daily salt intake à la Lot’s wife, more directly respond to the title question. The results are slightly more savory than Andy Warhol’s soup can screenprints and offer plenty of insight into human relationships with art and food. And who knows, by the time you visit, maybe Autenrieth will complete her transformation into a pillar of salt. The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.edu.

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