The Museum of Food and Drink doesn’t follow the traditional subject matter for museums, nor does it adhere to many other museum mores: it’s not quiet, well-funded or even located in a building (yet).
Instead, the nonprofit funded it first exhibition — a 3,200-pound replica of an early 20th century cereal puff gun — through Kickstarter. The exhibition, rightly titled Boom!, sent explosions off in Foley Square in Manhattan recently, as staff loaded up the puff gun with an assortment of grain, and then exploded it into puffed versions of sorghum, corn, wheat and more for park-goers to sample.
The exhibition is multifaceted: On the surface it demonstrates the cumbersome technology that helped turn America’s grain production into cereal—technology that has since been replaced to make cereal at an even larger scale. In doing so, Boom! showcases how museums can be performative, not just informative, with each explosion acting as show for... keep reading