Vino “At Home” at Italian Consulate

Barry Bergdoll talks pre-fab architecture, I pour the wine at Bogliasco Foundation event

A view of the tranquil Ligurian coastal town of Bogliasco.

A view of the tranquil Ligurian coastal town of Bogliasco.

Last night I attended an event organized by the Bogliasco Foundation, held at the Italian Consulate on Park Avenue and 69th Street. The Bogliasco Foundation organizes a study center for the arts and humanities located in the small Ligurian town of Bogliasco, just a few miles down the coast from Genoa. Yesterday evening’s event, organized by foundation Director of Development and Communications Hope O’Reilly, comprised of a lecture by Barry Bergdoll entitled At Home in the Museum: Full Scale Architecture on Display. Mr. Bergdoll is a professor of architectural history, theory and criticism at Columbia University as well as Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where he recently organized and curated the ambitious and successful Home Delivery exhibition.

Barry Bergdoll at MoMA. To his left is an archive photo of Philip Johnson and Mies Van der Rohe.

Barry Bergdoll at MoMA. To his left is an archive photo of Philip Johnson and Mies Van der Rohe.

Mr. Bergdoll, himself a Bogliasco fellow, spoke at length about the history of pre-fabricated homes, and the challenge of exhibiting them within a museum setting. The evening was introduced by Hon. Francesco Maria Talo’, Consul General to Italy, while Mr. James Harrison, President of the Bogliasco Foundation, spoke about the organization and presented a series of beautiful photos of the center’s Villa dei Pini and the pretty village of Bogliasco. Foundation trustee Jorge Amador was also in attendance.

Lini's Lambrusco Scuro flowed liberally at the Italian Consulate last night.

Lini's Lambrusco Scuro flowed liberally at the Italian Consulate last night.

Having previously worked at MoMA and visited Bogliasco on more than one occasion, I felt it more than appropriate that Vino should provide wines for the reception which followed, where I was on hand to pour and satisfy the curiosity of the wine-conscious guests. We chose to feature three rare and unique wines from three renowned winemaking regions: Filena Ruppi‘s Chardonnay-Pinot Bianco-Incrocio Manzoni blend Starsa Bianco 2007 Tenuta del Portale, Enrico Coser‘s 100% Merlot Rosso delle Venezie 2007 Clic, and Alicia Lini‘s chic Lambrusco Scuro 2007 Lini 910. All three wines really hit the spot, even for the consulate’s own carabinieri, who were able to enjoy a glass or two “on duty”.

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