Adele 이슬 Kenworthy

Adele 이슬 Kenworthy

performance, fruit, community organizing
Smithsonian Summer  Saturday || June 22, 2024

We Should Talk:
National Museum of Asian Art
Washington, D.C.

For many Asian/Asian American families, fruit is shared as an act of love in abundance, often present at a child’s first birthday celebration in Korea, called a doljanchi; given in oversized boxes as housewarming gifts; and placed at altars for even our ancestors to enjoy. 

And in our transnational and intergenerational cultural memory, CUT FRUIT/과일깍자!  asks what can spacializing love look like for generations to come? For me, it was my mother cutting fruit for us when I was a kid.

Instead of price per pound signs, CUT FRUIT/과일깍자!  invites us to carry the questions asked between the peels and slices:

what is the first taste you can remember?
what is something you always wished someone had asked and knew about you?
what fruit carries your favorite memories?
who is allowed to gather?
who is allowed rest?

You can learn more about this project at

This project is the third installment of the We Should Talk series, created by Philippa Pham Hughes, Adele Yiseol Kenworthy, and Xena Ni. We Should Talk received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the American Women’s History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.

Adele Yiseol Kenworthy