This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned.
Share a meal while discussing how Mexican heritage is expressed through food, both on the table and in visual art. This program will focus on foods frequently depicted in 20th-century Mexican artworks, such as mole, watermelon, and corn, and will encourage conversation about the connections between food, art, and identity.
Art historian Lesley Wolff will explore the social and political stakes of the visuality of Mexican food in a nation whose celebrated cuisine has been inscribed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Lesley A. Wolff, assistant professor of art and design specializing in global modern and contemporary art history and museum studies at the University of Tampa, studies the visual cultures of the Americas, with particular emphasis on visuality, decoloniality, and foodways. As a Latinx and Latin American art specialist, her research and teaching extends beyond modern and contemporary spheres to also consider the role of colonial and pre-1492 arts of the hemisphere and the ways in which these images, objects, and rituals dialogue with the Américas today. Dr. Wolff is an active curator, researcher, and teacher, working with museums and academic institutions across the country.