Pâte Brisée: A Conversation with Four Pies

July 29, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

View the recording of this event here.

Artists Delano Dunn and Susan Luss, baker Megan Sway, and Dunn’s mother, Diane Mangle, work together virtually to make pies, talk culinary histories, and eat, as the old Creoles used to say, “melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness!”

Dunn and his guests will explore African American foodways and culinary heritage in connection with Dunn’s exhibition Novelties, on view through October 11, 2021. In this live Zoom presentation, bakers from different regions in the U.S. will make pies that represent their culinary heritage. Using the shared experience of pie-baking to build community, Dunn, Luss, Sway, and Mangle will hold a wide-ranging discussion of their memories and associations with pie and other meaningful foods.


Delano Dunn was born in Los Angeles. Through painting, mixed media, and collage, Dunn explores questions of racial identity and perception in various contexts, ranging from the personal to the political, and drawing on his experience growing up in South Central L.A. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, among others. In 2017, he was nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship and received the Sustainable Arts Foundation Individual Artist’s Grant. He was the 2016 recipient of the College Art Association’s Visual Arts Graduate Fellowship. Group exhibitions include The Wassaic Project, ArtSpace in New Haven, Spring/Break Art Show, Project for Empty Space, PULSE New York, The Delaware Contemporary, and La Bodega Gallery. Dunn has been featured in The New York Times, VICE Media’s The Creators Project, and Hyperallergic. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.