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Maite Gomez-Rejón has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Since 1995 Maite has worked in the education departments of such renowned museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, LACMA and the Getty Villa; and has worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2007, Maite founded ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction which she teaches at museums across the country.

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Cooking Art History: Biting the Big Apple

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:21 AM

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum have complementary exhibitions on view through July 31st, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. Each exhibit highlights a different aspect of the controversial artist's complex body of work. LACMA focuses on Mapplethorpe's relationship to...

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Cooking Art History: From Ancient Roots to Chinatown

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 1:46 PM

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has a fascinating and timely exhibit on display through March 21st, Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion. Curated by Li Wei Yang, the exhibit provides insight into the early history of the Chinese experience in California and embraces the importance...

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Cooking Art History: The Original Celebrity Chefs and the Birth of Haute Cuisine

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:47 AM

The Getty Research Institute's special exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals offers opportunities to travel through time and learn about culinary theatrics from the past.

In early modern Europe, food was spectacle. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, ostentatious court and civic banquets...

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Cooking Art History: Day of the Dead

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 10:35 AM

I'm a wimp when it comes to horror, yet I've always been drawn to images of Xipe Totec, a pre-Columbian figure portrayed as a priest wearing the flayed skin of a sacrificial victim - a poor guy who, as if having his skin flayed wasn't enough, also had his heart...

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Cooking Art History: Cooking American

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:33 PM

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden's exhibit Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the war and includes vintage posters created to shape and influence national identity, many of which revolve around food. They are eerie...

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Cooking Art History: Graff-EAT-i

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:58 AM

It is rare that I get to develop a class around contemporary art and the opportunity to teach from ESMoA's latest Experience, SCRATCH, is quite a treat. The show combines 16th through 18th century manuscripts from the Getty Research Institute's (GRI) collection of rare books with art from...

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Cooking Art History: Sugar Baby

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:17 PM

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Sugar. Talk of it is everywhere. It's one of the leading causes of obesity and diabetes in our country. It is an ingredient so common to us that it is difficult to imagine a world without it.

The first reference...

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Cooking Art History: Dining With Matisse

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:36 PM

I'm beyond thrilled to head to my home state of Texas in July to teach a series of classes, Dining with Matisse, inspired by the special exhibition, Matisse: Life in Color, at the San Antonio Museum of Art. French food, art and culture are on my...

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Cooking Art History: Savoring Silence

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:29 PM

This past weekend I taught a class at ESMoA inspired by its latest Experience, SILENCE. The exhibit explores the path of abstraction in art, a path that goes hand in hand with our ways of perceiving and understanding the world. Though abstract art can be rooted in realism,...

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Cooking Art History: Sicilian Gourmet

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:48 PM

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Thanks to a recent exhibit at The Getty (Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome) and a current one at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (Lost & Found: The Secrets of Archimedes), I...

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Cooking Art History: Cooking Canterbury

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:33 AM

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A few months ago I was asked to develop a class around a group of stained glass windows at the J. Paul Getty Museum from the Canterbury Cathedral. (They're now at The Cloisters in NYC and totally...

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Cooking Art History: The Victorian Appetite

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:07 AM

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As I get ready to teach a series of English-themed classes inspired by the Queen Victoria and Photography exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits at LACMA, tea, scones and spices...

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Cooking Art History: The Ancient Wisdom of Aphrodisiacs

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 8:38 AM

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Food and sex are the most basic human drives. It's no wonder that aphrodisiacs -- food and drink with a reputation for making sex more attainable or pleasurable -- are named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite....

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Cooking Art History: The Grand Tourist & Saffron Risotto

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 9:10 AM


Walking through the J. Paul Getty Museum in preparation for a recent class, I ran across the Portrait of John Talbot, later 1st Earl Talbot by Pompeo Batoni, an artist known for his portraits of wealthy Grand Tourists during their stay in Rome. The elegantly dressed Talbot poses casually amidst...

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Cooking Art History: The Early American Foodie

(19) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 4:58 PM


I recently appeared on the Today Show talking about Thomas Jefferson and making macaroni and cheese. Since it was so brief, I thought I'd share a few more fun facts about this early American foodie.

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Thomas Jefferson served as minister to the...

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Cooking Art History: Leonardo da Vinci

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 10:26 AM

After my recent classes on Leonardo da Vinci at the Italian Cultural Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Italian food and dining practices have been on my mind.

The significance of food in Italian daily life can be traced...

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Cooking Art History: The Aztecs

(26) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 6:11 PM

I nearly did a back flip when, preparing for my upcoming Dining in the Aztec Empire class at the Getty Villa, I saw the Florentine Codex. Not a reproduction, but the real thing, back in the Americas for the first time in 430 years. Wow.

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