June Artful Thursday: Sweet Yearnings — Dessert in Culture and History

This month’s Artful Thursday at the MFAH will explore evolution of desserts as a confection and an art form throughout history with a presentation by Dr. Tacey Rosolowski.  The presentation is this Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 PM in the Caroline Weiss Law Building of the MFAH.  To preview the event, KUHF’s Eric Ladau sat down with Dr. Rosolowski.

Kids beg for it. Adults long for it. Our yearning for sweets seems to know no bounds, and it is also deeply rooted in history.

During the Renaissance, chefs, designers of decorative arts, and even architects designed sugar fantasies for popes, kings, and nobility. The explosive growth of the sugar industry in the 17th and 18th centuries made sugar widely available and drove the western love of sweets. A mixable, moldable substance, sugar can be fashioned into sculptural shapes, inspiring both professionals and home chefs to whip up ever more fanciful confections. By the 18th and 19th centuries, desserts had become theatrical productions full of color, bounty, shine, and even poetry.

At the June Artful Thursday, Dr. Tacey Rosolowski follows the evolution of ever more playful and spectacular confections throughout the history and culture of the last 500 years, emphasizing that desserts have always been, at heart, a social art form that expresses the human need for shared memories and meaning.

A reception follows. This program is free and open to the public.


Eric Ladau

Eric Ladau


NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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