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A Study in Pizza Toast

Artist: Deborah Henson-Conant

Beautifully displayed behind glass, the “Study in Pizza Toast” is a striking psychological study in the results of ill-placed domestication: in this study, the curator was attempting to “act like a housewife,” cooking for a boyfriend she actually wanted to break up with. But could she admit that to herself? If she’d analyzed her pizza toast, it would have been obvious!! 

The “Study” is a moving reminder of how profoundly any culinary endeavor reveals the true inner desires of the chef. Note how the melencholy carbonized cheese recalls the the empty ghost of a passionless union.

“Study in Pizza Toast” is a beautiful, multi-color exhibit, including not only various striking shades of grey and black, but a splash of true tomato red, representing that even in the oven of our discontent, the possibility of true love – that ‘real tomato’ – still remains.

CURATOR’S UPDATE 2010: Alas, only 4 of the original 6 pizza toasts remain. Love dies slowly. Art is ephemeral. Pizza Toast is not forever.