Stan's Cafe: Of All the People in All the World, USA (The Rice Show)
Friday, February 20 - Tuesday March 3, 2009
Main Exhibit: Zilkha Gallery
On Campus Exhibits: Olin Library, Exley Science Center, Usdan University Center
Exhibits in the Community: Main Street Marketplace, Russell Library
Of All The People In All The World is a performance/art installation that uses grains of rice to bring formerly abstract statistics to startling and powerful life. In this captivating exhibition, each grain of rice is equal to one person and you are invited to compare the one grain that is you to the millions that are not. Over a period of several days, a team of performers carefully weighed out quantities of rice to represent a host of human statistics. The statistics and their juxtapositions can be subtle, witty, and thought-provoking. As part of Feet to the Fire, Wesleyan commissioned Stan’s Cafe to produce a version of the work which helped to humanize the issues of climate change. At the conclusion of the installation, over 11,000 lbs. of rice was donated to local food banks.
As a means to engage audiences that might not otherwise attend the exhibit on campus, satellite exhibits were created in the community. Below is a video of the making of an exhibit located in a storefront in downtown Middletown.