Now I Know Why Cannibals Eat Their Enemies, organized by Eric Appel

January 29–30, 1977

Participating Artists

Eric Appel
Barbara Baker
Susan Brook
Ed Buonagurio
Toby Buonagurio
Madeleine Burnside
Robin Lee Crutchfield
Richard Dimmier
Suzanne Laville Dimmier
Wendy Ward Ehlers
David Ehrlick
Laura Epstein
Henny Garfunkel
Evadne Giannini
Robin Grossman
Phyllis Herfield
Diane kramek
Brenda Price
Jonathan Price
Karen Robbins
Lynn Schnurnberger
Richard Schepper
Lisa Serotta
Stuart Tepper
Gayle Wimmer
Anne Sargent Wooster

Exhibition Description

The group of artists explored, through painting, sculpture, poetry, performance, and video the possibilities inherent in the relationship between artmaking and consumption. Works fabricated from edible substances, works incorporating the simultaneous consumption of food and idea, and performance and video installations were included. Eric Appel wrote in his press release, “By eating, we digest and take into our bodies the necessary nourishment we need to live. The true cannibal eats his enemy to possess his spirit. The artworks in Now I Know Why Cannibals Eat The Enemies will be assimilated by the audience physically, intellectually, and emotionally. The purpose of this assimilation is the interaction between artist (feeder) and audience (consumer) that eventuates mutual fulfillment.”

Excerpted from Brentano, R., & Savitt, M. (1981). 112 Workshop, 112 Greene Street: History, artists & artworks. New York: New York University Press.

Press Release

Press release for Now I Know Why Cannibals Eat Their Enemies, 1976

Related Material

Poster for Now I Know Why Cannibals Eat Their Enemies, 1976

Program for Now I Know Why Cannibals Eat Their Enemies, 1976