We first encountered breast milk cheese—the forbidden fromage—last year at chef Daniel Angerer's Klee Brasserie, then again this winter when a London restaurant was sued by Lady Gaga for serving "Baby Gaga" breast milk ice cream. But until now, most of our experiences with boob cheese have been confined to restaurants, not art galleries.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your squeamishness), artist Miriam Simun is launching a four-day "Lady Cheese Shop" exhibit as part of The Human Cheese Project at Michael Mut Gallery in the East Village. At the opening reception next week, Simun, a graduate student at NYU's ITP program, invites guests to "shift their perspective" on the taboo dairy, and "engage in a discourse about what we eat, who we are evolving to be, and what kind of future we want." Oh, and there will be three different breast cheeses to sample:
- "Wisconsin Bang," a "deliciously creamy, darling little cheese" made from Vermont mountain goat herd milk and a Wisconsin-based lawyer's assistant who eats "a mostly organic diet full of meat rich in flavor and spices."
- "Sweet Airy Equity," a "mild, hard cheese that leaves only the slightest hinge of walnut on your tongue," from a Catskills-raised cow and a Midtown-based Chinese mother.
- "City Funk," a stinky, spreadable cheese—"light on the goat, heavy on the human"—with a "complex funk somewhere between butter, yellow taxi cabs and wafting wavers of street cart smells."
Hungry yet? The exhibit runs from April 28-May 1, with the opening reception and tasting on Thursday. For information on when to visit, see here.