Food in New York

Bigger Than the Plate

September 16, 2022 - September 18, 2023

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A large clear sphere, similar to a snowglobe sits at the center of the image with signs that read 'eating' and 'trading' above it.

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Food is a powerful social network binding New Yorkers to each other and with countless others across the globe. The city's raucous restaurant scene; its ubiquitous street food; the current activist efforts to source food locally; the world's largest food market in Hunts Point; and the artists, thinkers, and designers who are imagining new sustainable ways to relate to food, will all be part of Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate.

The exhibition will examine the challenging nodes and networks of the city’s food systems. Anchored around issues of sustainability, labor justice, and equitable access to food, the show will explore the ways in which artists and designers are developing solutions to these global and local challenges. First developed at London's Victoria and Albert Museum and now adapted and updated to look at eating and food systems in the Big Apple, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate is an invitation to feast for a more equitable and exciting future.


New Yorkers and visitors alike are posting their favorite dishes, restaurants, snacks, and meals. Share your favorite food in New York with #FoodInNYC and be featured on screens in the gallery!

Mary Mattingly, Biosphere, 2015. Courtesy of Mary Mattingly, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana.


Food in New York is made possible in part by Chelsea Market.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Tretford Americas, Mater Design, Jinhyun Jeon, Danielle Trofe, Ananas Anam, Eatwell, and Hans Global LLC.


Exhibition created by the V&A and the Museum of the City of New York. 

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