How do you domesticate the institution? The Walker’s very own Home & Garden Club posed this question in honor of Fritz Haeg’s upcoming artist residency At Home in the City. The club hosts Walker staff whose interests span departments and all aspects of the home: baking, gardening, crocheting, saving seeds, drying herbs, and sewing lunchbox purses.
For the long-term composting aficionado to the CSA novice alike, Walker Home & Garden functions as a culinary laboratory and research space. We are going to share skills, hone our hosting chops, and experiment with the domestic integrities that we each bring to the table.
We recently held the inaugural meeting by way of soup-eating session. After all, how can you domesticate the institution without rolling up your sleeves and baking bread to share? We started by bringing in tea, soup, bread and honey, then pulling together three tables and some benches to complete the communal feeling of a school cafeteria. We decorated the space with some mismatched tablecloths, bell jars of fresh herbs, and canteens of dried flowers (it is winter, after all!). Within ten minutes, our art education center was transformed into a space for banter, recipe-sharing and, of course, breaking bread.
We will be hosting several more Home & Garden Club sessions before and throughout the Haeg residency. We may discuss farmer’s markets, local gardening tips, and perhaps even thrift shopping and composting as empowering tools. Keep your eyes and tomatoes peeled, we’ve got quite a bit of prep work to do!