Marguerita Mergentime's Food for Thought
In the 1930s, Marguerita Mergentime, a native New Yorker, reimagined table linens as a modernist canvas. A pioneer of abstracted graphics, striking color and radical table settings, she sought to capture a nascent American spirit in her designs.
Being a good host was serious business to Mergentime, and so was starting a conversation. Her diverse interests converged in the seminal Food for Thought tablecloth that featured 98 American political slogans, each in the typeface of itstheir period. Designs like Food for Thought were destined to trigger “inevitable arguments caused by eating of this cloth” and guaranteed that a meal would not be anything but boring. (Another example is the Americana wall hanging that Mergentime created for the San Francisco Worlds Fair in 1939.)
Li Edelkoort invites you to join her and Mergentime’s granddaughter Virginia Bayer forto a conversation-filled lunch around Food for Thought and more. The ticket price also includes lunch and onean actual Food for Thought tablecloth fromof the limited edition being produced by MoMA. of Food for Thought.
Details to be announced.