Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host a free lecture and book signing by Chef Nathalie Dupree in conjunction with the exhibition “John Baeder” on July 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Dupree is considered a celebrity of the South, and her work focuses on American southern cuisine. She has written 11 cookbooks, which have sold more than half a million copies, including “Nathalie Dupree’s Shrimp and Grits” and the James Beard Award-winner “Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories.” She has appeared on more than 300 national television shows and specials on such networks as PBS, TLC and the Food Network.
“We are looking forward to Nathalie Dupree’s lecture,” said Carissa DiCindio, curator of education at the museum, whose department organized the event. “Her extensive knowledge of southern food and culture will illuminate a facet of the exhibition.”
Dupree earned an Advanced Certificate from the Cordon Bleu cooking school in London. She currently lives in Charleston, S.C., and writes for The Post and Courier as well as Charleston Magazine and other publications.
John Baeder is best known for his photorealist paintings of mid-century diners, and his work shows his lifelong fascination with roadside structures and American foodways. The exhibition includes three groupings of his work in a different medium: photography. The artist’s black-and-white photographs of Atlanta from a single day in 1963, his photographs of handmade street signs taken more than 30 years ago, and photographs from the exhibition “John Baeder’s American Roadside,” organized by Thomas Paul Gallery in Los Angeles, create a variegated image of roadside America.
A free reception celebrating “John Baeder” and the museum’s other summer exhibitions will follow Dupree’s lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).