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Knights of the Raj NYC

Knights of the Raj NYC was an immersive after-hours exhibition and dining experience on show at MOFAD Lab from July 20 through August 5, 2018. Presented in partnership with Mohammed Ali, Soul City Arts, and Words Beats & Life. With special thanks to Jhal NYC, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bengali Harlem Project, and Flushing Town Hall.

Following a ground-breaking exhibition on the history of curry in England, Mohammed Ali debuted a new Knights of the Raj experience at MOFAD in the summer of 2018. With a focus on New York City—home to about half of the nearly 60,000 Bangladeshis, the fastest growing Asian American subgroup, living in the United States today—Knights of the Raj NYC captured the struggles and stories behind the people who brought curry to New York City restaurants, and invited visitors to experience South Asian flavors while absorbing the deeply personal narratives that led Bengali migrants to New York.

Visitors looked past the bright lights in a recreated Curry Hill restaurant, heard the deeply personal narratives of the Bengali migrants who cook and serve curry, learned about Bangladeshi culinary techniques, and enjoyed a three-course tasting menu of traditional recipes donated by chefs and home cooks in the local community.

 Artist Mohammed Ali welcomes visitors on opening night

Artist Mohammed Ali welcomes visitors on opening night

 Entering the immersive exhibition

Entering the immersive exhibition

 Culinary contributor Noor Shams

Culinary contributor Noor Shams

 The hidden story behind curry culture

The hidden story behind curry culture

 Jhal muri vendor Baul Dada donated his bedroom furniture for the exhibition

Jhal muri vendor Baul Dada donated his bedroom furniture for the exhibition

 A view of the culinary studio with boti

A view of the culinary studio with boti

Knights of the Raj NYC launch photos by Nicole Lebenson Angulo


Feasts and Festivals

Feasts and Festivals was a photography exhibition and program series in partnership with SAVEUR presented by Roland Foods on show from November 6, 2017 through February 16, 2018. Featuring talks, demos, and special events, Feasts and Festivals examined food and drink’s central role in celebrations, ceremonies, and rituals across the globe.

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Feasts and Festivals debuted never-before-exhibited professional photographs of annual festivities, religious rituals, and special occasions from the SAVEUR archives. Photographers include Dave Yoder, Diana Markosian, and Marcus Nilsson, among others. The accompanying program series featured talks, demos, and special events with Jim Lahey, Ruth Reichl, Sri Rao, the Mexican Cultural Institute, League of Kitchens, and many more.

Feasts and Festivals will encourage thoughtful conversation around the many ways that food unites, but also distinguishes, communities. We are about to enter a season filled with cherished traditions at a time when the heated dialogue over identity, race, and immigration continues in the United States and beyond. That’s why I’m so excited to bring people together for Feasts and Festivals—a celebration of its own that explores themes of cultural identity, migration, and tradition through the lens of food,” said Peter Kim, MOFAD Executive Director.

“MOFAD and SAVEUR share a common interest in exploring the ways in which food and drink bring people together as well as a passion for exploring culinary traditions and rituals around the world,” added former SAVEUR Editor in Chief, Adam Sachs. “We’re excited to partner with MOFAD to bring stories and celebrations of food culture into an interactive, learning environment.”

  Myanmar , Diana Markosian

Myanmar, Diana Markosian

 In the exhibition

In the exhibition

 MOFAD, Saveur, and opening night partners

MOFAD, Saveur, and opening night partners

  France,  Marcus Nilsson

France, Marcus Nilsson

 In the exhibition

In the exhibition

 What is your favorite special occasion food?

What is your favorite special occasion food?

Feasts and Festivals launch photos by Alexandra Tringali