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La Grande Bouffe and the “The Dictators' Dessert”

La Grande Bouffe and the “The Dictators' Dessert”

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

Soyoung Yoon, Program Director of Visual Studies, screens Marco Ferreri’s 1973 film La Grande Abbuffata (La Grande Bouffe), accompanied by "The Dictators' Dessert," a talk and Q&A with UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow Ramsey McGlazer:

Marco Ferreri’s La grande abbuffata (La Grande Bouffe, 1973), asks us to reimagine the dictators’ dinner as both a feast and a food fight. The feast is grueling, and the food fight is grotesque. Yet Ferreri’s loudly comic film about excess also anticipates artist Roxy Paine’s quieter and more portion-controlled engagement with questions of power, preservation, and preference in “Dinner of the Dictators”. This talk will consider Ferreri’s film in light of Paine’s work, and will ask what it means to revisit the film’s “blow-out” in an age of binge viewing and food porn.

Sponsored by the University Art Collection and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in conjunction with the exhibition of Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators, 1993-95 from November 19, 2016 to January 4, 2017 in the Sheila Johnson Design Center's Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery at 66 5th Avenue.

Photo Credit: La Grande Bouffe, 1973 (film still)



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