Foraging Walk and Cooking Demo

Tattfoo Tan will collaborate with Ryan Maher, chef and owner of Missouri Wild Edibles, on a foraging walk that teaches participants to identify plants and their various uses. Participants will be invited to use an herbarium press of Tattfoo Tan’s design to create a press full of plants and notes about them for future reference.

Following the walk, Ryan Maher will do a cooking demo with foraged ingredients. Ryan forages all over the U.S. for wild plants, with a particular specialty in mushrooms. He is currently the events and banquet chef at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

Tattfoo Tan’s art practice seeks to find an immediate, direct and effective way of exploring issues related to the individual in society, through which we collapse the categories of ‘art’ and ‘life’ into one. Through the employment of multiple forms of media and various platforms of presentation, Tattfoo promotes group participation between himself and an ‘audience’. Within this collaborative practice, both minds and bodies are engaged in actions that transform the making of art into a ritualized and shared experience. In keeping with the spirit of this transformative act, Tattfoo prefers to develop projects that are ephemeral and conceptual in nature.

Tattfoo has presented, collaborated and shown his works in various venues and institutions including:

Staten Island Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Tenement Museum, The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts, Eugene Lang College/New School for Liberal Arts, Artisphere, Parsons the New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, 601Tully/Syracuse University, Macalester College, Pratt Institute,
Aljira – A Center for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Smack Mellon, Contemporary Arts Center – Cincinnati, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Marfa Ballroom and The Laundromat Project.

He has been recognized for his effort, service and artistic contributions to the community, and is a proud recipient of proclamation from The City of New York. He was also given the Twenty-Eighth Annual Award for Excellence in Design by Public Design Commission of The City of New York for his design and branding of the Super-Graphic on Bronx River Art Center.

Special Thanks

“Tattfoo Tan and Missouri Wild Edibles” is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Pulitzer Arts Foundation.