Eat It Up

Jennifer Rubell Edible Art at the Brooklyn Ball

Jennifer Rubell, daughter of renowned art collectors Mera and Don Rubell, showcased a series of edible installations at the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Ball on April 22 that left guests, including Mario Batali, Chloe Sevigny, and Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, very satisfied. In celebration of the museum’s partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create the world’s largest costume collection, Rubell used food to help loosen up the gala crowd. From canvases filled with lemonade and dry martinis to melted heads sculpted from cheese suspended from the ceiling to gardens of carrots popping up through a plywood floor, Rubell created an edible art world not even Willy Wonka would have dreamt up. Batali served the Ball banquet as a Medieval Times-type feast—carved meat and wine goblets included—in a room full of pre-Renaissance paintings from Monet to Tintoretto. The pièce de résistance, however, was Rubell’s 20-foot high Andy Warhol piñata filled with Ring Dings and Twinkies.