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Rebecca Morgan in The New York Times

The Banana as Muse

A new group show at Fort Makers in the Lower East Side honors one of the world’s most popular fruits.

Homage to the banana plays out at a display at Fort Makers, a design studio and gallery run by artists in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was inspired by news of a deadly pathogen infecting banana farms. The show is meant to celebrate the threatened fruit. Historical pieces and newly commissioned works share the gallery. There’s a machine-tufted rug called “War Rug,” with references to banana republics, by Johannah Herr; Rebecca Morgan’s ironic “Banana Smile”; and a banana scarf by Lilian Martinez. The works are for sale, $250 to $80,000. The exhibition will be up through Nov. 28 from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Bananas, Fort Makers, 38 Orchard Street (Hester Street), 917-960-1690,

Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks. 

A version of this article appears in print on Oct. 6, 2021, Section D, Page 3 of the New York edition with the headline: To View: Explore the Banana, This Time as a Muse. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe