The Artist's View
The humble state of the potato, as well as those who ate it, were immortalized in the art of Vincent Van Gogh's in The Potato Eaters, Four Seasons: Potato Harvest and Basket of Potatoes, among others. Other artists such as Philip Sadee honored the peasant with paintings such as The Potato Gleaners. French filmmaker, Agnes Varda produced a documentary, The Gleaners and I, in which she describes the plight of modern gleaners as well as her obsession with heart-shaped potatoes. (Gleaners are people who go into the fields at the end of the harvest to gather what has been left behind by the farmer. In France, the law states that farmers must allow gleaners into the field.)
The Potato Museum in--you guessed it, Idaho--provides a diverse selection of art, artifacts and information on the potato. The museum's website offers teacher and student resources as well as online exhibits from fine art to agricultural posters. The Potato Museum's mission is to educate the world about the potato.
If traveling in Munich, the Kartoffelmuseum is a privately owned museum dedicated to potato art and history.
And if you're still wondering about that vice president, it was Dan Quayle who, in 1992, prompted a 12-year-old student at an elementary school in New Jersey to spell potato with an "e" on the end. He later claimed that the word was spelled that way on a flash card provided by the school. Who knows?