Still from The Way It Was. Courtesy of Stephen Scher.

In the early 1970s, art historian and curator Stephen Scher turned a camera on the complex and exquisite ecosystem of Parisian dining. This collage of footage remained perfectly preserved in the can for 50 years; but now, as the filmmaker assembles it into a documentary, we can behold the end of a culinary era. Following a preview screening of the in-process film, The Way It Was, Dr. Scher will converse with Staging the Table curator Deborah Krohn about the ever-changing art of dining.
An avid contributor to the art world, Dr. Stephen K. Scher has lectured and published extensively on medieval and Renaissance art. He taught in the Brown University art department from 1961 to 1974, and was president and chief executive officer of Scher Chemicals, Inc. until his retirement in 2004. He has organized exhibitions at the Frick Collection, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the National Galleries of Scotland. Dr. Scher also assembled a significant collection of commemorative portrait medals, the bulk of which was donated to the Frick in 2017. He currently serves as a member of visiting committees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. He is also an associate trustee of the Yale Library. For his service, Dr. Scher received the Yale Medal (2015) and the British Art Medal Society’s President’s Medal (2018).

Credits
Producer and Director
Stephen K. Scher

Co-Producer
Janie Woo Scher

Executive Producer
James Ivory

Cinematographer
Walter Lassally

Editor
John David Allen

Research Associate
Samantha Csenge

Translations
Natalie Branner

Special Thanks
Philip Wyman Scher
Amy Trubek
Amy Finley

Picture and Sound Finishing
PostWorks, N.Y.
Special thanks, Jay Rubin

Processing Laboratories
CTM Laboratories Cinématographique, Paris
GTC, Paris
Triage 16: Société Industrielle de Joinville,
Joinville-le-Pont

Additional Credits
SKSProductions LLC
2022
This program was organized in conjunction with the spring 2023 exhibition Staging the Table in Europe 1500–1800.

Support for the exhibition is generously provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Joseph S. Piropato with additional support by Cafaro Foundation, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, and Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg, as well as donors to Bard Graduate Center.

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