Salvador Dali is famous for his Surrealist paintings, like the ones on view in the DAM exhibition Modern Masters. Little known fact, though - Dali’s imagination stretched well beyond the canvas and into the kitchen. When he was not painting melting clocks, Dali was writing and illustrating a cookbook called Les Diners de Gala, published in 1973.
For Digital DIY #14, we invite you to create a Surrealist dinner party. We combed through the incredibly eccentric offerings in Les Diners de Gala to find four of the more feasible recipes to test out. Get ready as we present a three-course meal (in four parts) dreamed up by Dali. Whether the food is dinner worthy, we’ll leave up to you.
For Part 1: The appetizer, we have Thousand Year Old Eggs. Made with love, patience (and a six year old helper) by DAM master teacher Stefania Van Dyke.
Stefania’s experience: I decided to make this a family activity and enlisted the help of my 6-year-old son, Sebastian. I showed him pictures of Dali and some of his paintings first, to set the mood and to make it clear that this would be weird. I think that freed us both to have fun with it. When the recipe was unclear, I let Sebastian improvise. Dali instructs the home chef to add “a lot of Tobasco [sic.] sauce.” At your discretion, Sebastian. During the process, I couldn’t help but think how proud the artist would be of our version of this dish. Some of the eggs cracked when they were boiling, so they became these amorphous, oozy blobs. The Surrealists’ interest in rejecting rationality and leaving things to chance were seriously at play. And Sebastian had a blast—he even declared that for Halloween this year he’ll go as “Salvador Zombi.” Sadly, he didn’t get to taste the fruits of his labor because I brought the sealed jar to the office, hosted the (unsuccessful) tasting, and promptly dumped the contents in the dumpster out back.
Find Stefania’s version of Dali’s recipe here.
(Recipe from Les Diners de Gala. Trans. Captain J. Peter Moore. (1973). New York, NY: Felicie, Inc. Publishers.)
Untitled #63 (Au Naturel) featured a new work by MakeARTtalk creative and local perfumer, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. Hurwitz crafted an original scent inspired by nineteenth century French artist Eugene Carriere’s painting Young Girl with Flowers. You can make your own version of her perfume in this new digital DIY.
Read more about Dawn’s creative process and find instructions for making your own art-inspired perfume here.
Take the final step toward becoming a bona fide beginner lace-maker and learn the third stitch in our Lace Lessons series: the Whole Stitch.
Then, take on the challenge of the Whole Stitch:
Now that you’ve mastered the Cloth Stitch, you’re ready for the Half Stitch. Join Jane Meier for a second lesson in lace-making and learn another stitch used to make the Human Bobbin lace.
If you haven’t already, you’ll first need to learn how to set-up and prepare for lace-making.
Then try your hand at the Half Stitch.
At Untitled #59 (Undercover) local lace-maker Jane Meier successfully orchestrated “The Human Bobbin Project.” Jane turned visitors into human bobbins to make a 6-foot by 6-foot piece of lace out of 600 feet of rope. It was lace-making at epic proportions.
Here, Jane will teach three introductory lessons in Torchon lace-making using common household materials. Torchon is an English lace with geometric forms, commonly used as trimming on undergarments and linens due to the sturdy construction and heavier threads. You’ll be learning three stitches—each of which went into making the Human Bobbin lace. We’ll release a lesson a week, over the next three weeks. Let’s start with the “Cloth Stitch.”
First, learn how to set-up and prepare for lace-making.
Now you’re ready for Lesson #1: The Cloth Stitch.
This work is called Every Step a Lotus, drawing inspiration from a sutra box in the Asian Art collection.
Taking into account the theme for Untitled #55 (Bound), local artist Alicia Bailey bound a box-like book that incorporates historic facts and observations about the tradition of foot binding in China, both in terms of form and content. Just as, according to tradition, the ideal bound foot (called a “Golden Lotus”) is one-third the normal length, the size of Alicia’s book is one-third that of the sutra box which inspired it. The pages of her book include step-by-step instructions for foot-binding, photographic images, x-rays of bound feet, and some example images of the exquisite and elegant shoes that were made for bound feet.
As a master book artist, we asked Alicia to share some instructions for an easy bookbinding 101 project.
In preparing for our exhibition Becoming Van Gogh, we came across the book Van Gogh’s Table, which shares the history and the recipes of the Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived during the last few months of his life.
Here are two recipes we sampled from the book, with our own notes—about our triumphs and our tears—added in. For dDIY #10, your mission is to make a meal from Van Gogh’s last home. Channel the spirit of Van Gogh with a serving a soup and soufflé!