Margherita D'Ayala Valva
D’Ayala Valva proposes a backwards, palindrome reading of Daniel Spoerri’s Gastronomic Itinerary for a couple on a Greek island, 1967 (starting from the footnotes, going chronologically backwards to the very heterogeneous sources and cross-references) as the ideal way to decrypt the reasons of the book, the spirit of culinary art, the dialogue – without distance – between the artist, the English translator, their intertwined sources.
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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.