These ideals may seem to reflect opposite values, but to a certain extent, there might be similar motivations, Hertz said.
”For many cultures bright colors are the sign of life and they’re so hard to achieve with expensive tints and dyes,” she said.
White wedding cakes became the the ideal for Western weddings because the ability to have expensive, highly processed, white sugar was highly valued when it was first available, Hertz said.
”So you didn’t want to tint your white icing. It was a status-symbol because you could afford this really expensive sugar,” she said.
Pure white and bright colors, while on opposite ends of the spectrum, are difficult to achieve.
”Part of what I’m trying to achieve is to make the familiar exotic and the exotic familiar. We as humans are more similar than dissimilar,” Hertz said.
The wedding cakes, altars and other displays will be on view at the Castellani through Dec. 8
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IF YOU GO
• WHAT: "(Almost) Too Good to Eat: Marking Life Transitions with Food" and "Newcomers: Transitions to New Lives"
• WHEN: Through Dec. 8
• WHERE: Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University
• MORE INFORMATION: Call 286-8200 www.castellaniartmuseum.org