Mar 21
Elvehjem Building Room L160
800 University Avenue
5:00 PM Food Studies Network

Margherita D'Ayala Valva

Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer Chair, Northwestern University
La Gola and the Rediscovery of Futurist Cuisine: a Case for Sensory Education in 1980s Italy

In this lecture, Margherita d'Ayala Valva will tell the story of how the Manifesto of Futurist Cooking (1931) was repurposed in the early 1980s to the readers of the Italian magazine La Gola, which focused on material culture and paved the way to the slow food movement. She will show the context of these writings and images, the visual impact, the interests of the editors, their pioneering and aesthetic approach in years when food studies were not considered a scholarly matter and dealing with food and society was not fashionable, but rather could lead to the charge with being a proponent of the 'caviar-left'.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

MARGHERITA D’AYALA VALVA is a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer Chair at Northwestern University, and assistant professor of Contemporary Art at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy), where she earned her PhD. Her recent research and publications focus on Avant-Garde artists (in particular Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini) as readers of ancient treatises and writers of their own handbooks of technical recipes on painting in the early twentieth century. These studies of technical art treatises and artists’ notebooks are intertwined with her research on gastronomic treatises and artists’ gastronomic diaries. On this, she has recently been involved in two projects together with Silvia Bottinelli: the volume The Taste of Art. Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Practices (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2017), and an upcoming issue for the journal Public Art Dialogue devoted to Food and activism in contemporary art practices.


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