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DiningDiva Oct 12, 2012 04:36 PM

For those of you so inclined...

The San Diego Museum of Natural History has an exhibit opening today (and running through March 2013) that is all about chocolate. The chocolatiers from Chuao in Encinitas are, apparently, intimately involved with this exhibit.

http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibitions/curr...

I wonder if there will be samples...

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    pickypicky Oct 12, 2012 05:21 PM

    Ah. "Intimately involved." American corporate sponsorship of what now constitutes art and culture. Why not a brand tie-in?

    As our civic institutions struggle to survive, the corporate sector is waiting like vultures. Discretion of the sponsors, indeed.

    I hope I'm wrong.

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      RB Hound Oct 12, 2012 07:40 PM

      It isn't like Hershey's is sponsoring this - Chuao is hardly a corporate vulture.

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        Fake Name Oct 12, 2012 09:30 PM

        Gosh, it's a revolution in the art world.

        Patrons.

        Ciao, Medici!

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          pickypicky Oct 13, 2012 07:19 AM

          Patrons of the past weren't hawking anything more than their own personal status. No, Chuao is not Hershey, but still, there it is. Wonder if they had involvement in the materials, curatorship, message? I go to a museum to be educated and enlightened; not to be sold goods. I can't change the corporatizing of our civic institutions, but I can call attention to it.

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            DiningDiva Oct 13, 2012 08:33 AM

            I doubt if Chuao had much to do with curating the exhibit. It was originally staged by the Field Museum in Chicago and is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.

            The link I posted above to the Natural HIstory Museum also has a link to educational information and additional resources

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              pickypicky Oct 13, 2012 12:12 PM

              thank you DD for answering my rant! That's the information I needed . Youngsters assume the god-given rights of commercial tie-in's (artisanal or not). I remember life before Museum gift shop catalogues.

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              phee Oct 13, 2012 09:51 AM

              Then look at it from the standpoint of educating and enlightening anyone visiting to support local vendors. That there is life outside of Nestle's and Hershey's.

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          RB Hound Oct 12, 2012 05:12 PM

          If I recall correctly, the flyer I got said there would be some sort of chocolate gift shop by the exhibit. Nothing was in there about samples, though I would not be shocked if the shop had them from time to time - probably at the digression of said sponsors.

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