Curated by Emily Stamey '01
Shopping carts, candy wrappers, grocery lists, paper bags, milk bottles, and cereal boxes—these ordinary, often overlooked items, emerge as objects for artistic investigation in Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles. This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who take the grocery store and consumption of its products as their subjects. Using strategies culled from minimalism, performance, documentary photography, and scientific taxonomy, they keenly and cleverly interrogate not only the grocery items we purchase, but also the physical and psychological environments in which we shop, the individuals and social frameworks we encounter there, and the cultural norms that inform our habits of consumption.
Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles is organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. The exhibition has been generously supported by the Lois Kay Walls Foundation Trust and Spirit Aerosystems. Additional sponsors include Louise Beren, John and Nancy Brammer, Norma Greever, and Keith and Georgia Stevens. Support has also been provided by Wichita State University and the City of Wichita.