Art History in the Pub

Art History in the Pub is a series of talks that take place on the last Monday of each month. Art History in the Pub reflects the AAH's commitment to bringing interesting, cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider, public community.

They are free, and open to all, no booking required. Talks take place at 7.30pm at The Monarch, Camden, London.

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Next Event:

24 November, 7.30pm

Speaker: Janine Catalano, ‘Distasteful: Subversive Food in Surrealist Art'. 

The edible has a long tradition in art; from religious symbolism to market scenes and the still life, depictions of food and dining have been around for centuries. However, in the 1930s and 1940s, surrealist artists began to subvert these familiar images in decidedly unappetising ways, turning the comforting and satisfying properties of food on its head. In this talk, we will look at a few key examples from surrealists such as Meret Oppenheim, Leonora Carrington, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali to explore the challenges to contemporary society posed by their culinary subversions.

Janine Catalano is an independent scholar whose work focuses on the intersection of food and art, particularly in the early 20th century. She has published on the subject and been featured in conversations at Tate and on BBC Radio 4. In addition to having taught courses at the V&A and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she designs tours of culinary and artistic London. Janine also curates culinary events and banquets grounded in artistic and historical research, ranging from Persian banquets to a Samuel Pepys Feast to the art of Salvador Dali.

Art History in the pub 2015: details about next year's talks will be made available in due course. If you are interested in curating a series of talks for AHiTP please send us an email.

Previous Talks for Art History in the Pub, from 2011 - 2014.

Directions & Details
If you've not been before then a speaker talks for about 30 minutes followed by questions. The talk takes place in the main bar, it is free, entertaining, and anyone is welcome.

The Monarch,
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden NW1 8BG,
Telephone: 020 74822054

From Chalk Farm tube: Turn left out of the station and cross Chalk Farm Road at the lights. The pub is about five minutes walk down the road on the left.
From Camden Town: Take the Camden High Street exit and turn right. Head up the street past Camden Lock and under the rail bridge and proceed up Chalk Farm Road. The pub is a couple minutes walk from the bridge on the right.

By tube: Chalk Farm station (450m) – zone 2 / Camden Town station (530m) – zone 2
By train: Kentish Town West station (460m) / Camden Road station (550m)
By bus: 24 (24hrs), 27 (24hrs), 31, 168, N5, N28, N31.

Leonora Carrington, The Meal of Lord Candlestick, 1938. Private collection. Leonora Carrington, The Meal of Lord Candlestick, 1938. Private collection.