This week we’ve learned that horse meat has snuck its way into Irish grocery-store burgers and IKEA meatballs. Now most of Europe suffers from a collective hangover, plagued by the thought of accidentally ingesting such a regal creature possibly full of hormones. They didn’t know! Well, most people can’t tell the difference between a beef burger and a horse burger just by looking at it.
And just like we don’t know what’s gone into those burgers and meatballs, there’s countless works of art that don’t specify the meat they use. Holy hell: We don’t know if Carolee Schneemann used beef or ham in Meat Joy!
In response to this, we’ve come up with “The Horse Meat or Meat in Art Quiz” to help suss out what we do know. The answers are in upside-down text, revealed after the multiple choice questions.
1. Jana Sterbek, Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic, 1987
2. Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, 1964
Is it ___?
d. All of the above.
Schneemann used raw fish, chickens, and sausage in this performance.
3.Paul Thek, “Hippopotamus” from Technological Reliquaries, 1965
Thek's "animal" was made from beeswax, metal, and rubber.
4.Francis Bacon, Figure with Meat, 1954
5. Rachel de Joode, Altars series, 2009
We're not sure here. It could be horse meat!
6. Damien Hirst, The Dream is Dead, 2005
A dead horse with an attached horn is technically horse meat.
BONUS QUIZ QUESTIONS
Tommaso Marinetti, Futurist Cookbook , 1932
Q: Would the Futurists approve of eating horse meat?
Finally, a group of artists who accept horse meat. In their cookbook, the Futurists laid out recipes for human and animal ingredients—one recipe calls for a banana tart with velvet or a woman’s flesh. Any edible was acceptable as long as it wasn’t pasta. "Spaghetti,” Marinetti would assert, “is no food for fighters.”
M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1
A. No. After protests earlier this year, horse-tartare was removed from the menu before it was actually served. M. Wells did, however, serve horse-bologna sandwiches through its pop-up shop at the Brooklyn festival Googa Mooga.