Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2017

Access Restrictions

Access restricted until 07/13/2019

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Art History

First Advisor

Joni Kinsey


From 1880 until the enforcement of Prohibition in 1920, depictions of food consumption evolved as a newly significant genre of American art. As restaurant dining became increasingly popular and the social norms governing food changed rapidly, the dining table functioned as a space for the negotiation of class, ethnicity, and identity. In the contexts of increased immigration, shifting class structures, and tumultuous urban environments, depictions of food consumption served essential sociocultural functions. Artists and viewers utilized depictions of food to justify and internalize difference, often working to combat change. The proliferation and diversification of food imagery during this period is evidence of changing tastes, for both food and imagery. Depictions of restaurant dining, food labor, ethnic restaurants, and other venues for food consumption served as spaces for the negotiation of change and the performance of class, identity, and status.


xvi, 277 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-277).


Copyright © 2017 Lauren Freese

Available for download on Saturday, July 13, 2019