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.


Borghesi-Mellon Workshops

Madeline H. Caviness

Representations in the Middle Ages of Ethnic, Cultural and Physiological Difference, and Their Social Significance Then and Now
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Hagen Room, Room 150, Department of Art History, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Madeline H. Caviness

From Magdeburg to Charlottesville via Munich
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Conrad Elvehjem Building, L150
800 University Avenue
4:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Displaced Horizons

Multimedia Project
Oct 27
Gallery 7, 7th Floor Room 7240, George L. Mosse Humanities Building
455 North Park Street 
6:30 PM Terra Incognita Art Series