Niagara Gazette — “At the age of 6 I wanted to be a cook. At 7 I wanted to be Napoleon,” Dali said of his culinary interest. “And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.”
Dali created 590 portfolios of prints to go along with “Les Diners de Gala,” 50 of which were artist proofs, meaning they were created with the artist on hand during the print-making process. The Castellani’s portfolio is No. 37 of the 50 artist proofs, making it all the more remarkable, Beam said.
The collection was donated to the Castellani by Dr. Paul Cutler and wife Beverly Cutler in 1997. Once the exhibit wraps up at the Castellani, it will tour the country as part of the museum’s initiative to create more traveling exhibits.
“It gets our name out there and it gets an important museum collection in Western New York recognized,” Beam said of the traveling exhibits. “Artworks don’t do any good sitting in a closet.”
For those itching at the chance to try one of Dali’s culinary masterpieces, the Castellani is featuring the Casanova cocktail recipe at its annual Gala Oct. 19. English-language versions of the book are also available.
Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter at @DanielleHaynes1.IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Les Diners de Gala" by Salvador Dali • WHEN: Through Feb. 14 • WHERE: Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road • MORE INFORMATION: Call 286-8200 or visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org