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Science Gallery Lab Detroit and MOCAD explore the science and art of food

Science Gallery Lab Detroit, or SGLD, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MOCAD, will host the eighth and final installment of The Intersection discussion series on September 14.

The event, The Science of Food and Music, will feature Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, a world-renowned musician, foodie and New York Times bestselling author; Max Hardy, chef and owner of Detroit’s River Bistro, Coop, and expert on Caribbean-fusion cuisine; and award-winning writer and filmmaker dream hampton.

The event will celebrate the science of food and memory, and examines how travel, culture and music impact food as an art form.

Moderated by hampton, the culminating discussion mirrors the themes of Questlove’s book “somethingtofoodabout: Exploring creativity with innovative chefs,” which features conversations with chefs from different cultures and explores what makes their creativity tick, and how cooking both teaches and allows them to see the world.

Questlove and Hardy will share their experiences and ongoing journeys in understanding the art of food. Following the program, Questlove will sign copies of “somethingtofoodabout,” which will be available at the MOCAD store.

The Intersection series, which has held events in both Detroit and East Lansing, invites participants to explore the boundaries between the fields of science and art. This season’s featured speakers included performing artists Zach Blas and Mother Cyborg, Dr. Tonya Matthews and MSU Foundation professor Dr. Beronda Montgomery and social practice artist Bridget Quinn in conversation with art historian John Corso.

The Science of Food and Music will take place at MOCAD on Friday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The lecture and book signing are free with a suggested donation of $5. RSVP is strictly required. Tickets can be reserved on here beginning at 9:00 a.m. Aug. 6 for MOCAD members, and 9:00 a.m. Aug. 13 for non-members.

Following the main event, a limited number of seats are available for a special dinner prepared by Hardy. Guests will join the panelists, MOCAD board member jessica Care moore and featured exhibiting artist Tyree Guyton for an evening of music and conversation underneath Guyton’s piece Soul Tree. Dinner tickets begin at $275. Visit Eventbrite or contact Wayne Northcross, MOCAD membership manager, at

The Intersection series is supported by generous funding from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and SGLD’s founding partner, MSUFCU.

By: Teal Amthor-Shaffer

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