MK Guth (American, born 1963), Dinner for a Funeral, 2012, wood-handled knife, one artist book, two books (New and Collected Poems by Czeslaw Milosz and Selected Poems by Alain Bosquet), one walnut shelf, collection of Victoria Frey, through the courtesy of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Photo: Etienne Frossard
Dinner for a Funeral is for ten people, including the host. This dinner is a celebration of the end of a thing, such as an event, idea, preoccupation, location … and the beginning of something else. The theme of this dinner resides in the liminal space between these two states; the threshold between one place and another. Since this dinner is a form of celebration, the topic of celebration should be decided upon by the host before invitations are sent to guests. Possible reasons for this dinner: moving to a new location—city, country, house …; leaving a job; the end of a love affair; the end of a belief; the completion of an academic degree or form of education; finishing a good book; the completion of an artwork, book, or musical work; completing a race.