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Loris Gréaud: Sculpt

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the premiere of Loris Gréaud: Sculpt, the first feature-length film by the conceptual artist and self-described “aesthetic adventurer.” The 50-minute picture plunges the viewer into a man’s mind, exploring notions of beauty and obsession. The theater in which it is presented will be reconfigured for a single

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Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series explores the dialogue between Taylor Pickett’s artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse. The exhibition, held in the Museum’s Roberts and Rotunda galleries, features 76 collages, as well as 4 hand-made books.  

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Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion in Paris

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion in Paris shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. Works on view illustrate concepts such as the

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European Art After World War II

The far-reaching impact of the Second World War brought major changes to the international art scene. Widespread combat and political turmoil in Europe sent its artists and intellectuals nearly wholesale into exile, many of them famously settling in New York where they inspired a new generation of American painters, the so-called New York School. These

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Tattoo

Sacred ritual or act of rebellion ? Sign of belonging or expression of individuality ? Presented by the Field Museum in partnership with the Musée du quai Branley-Jacques Chiraq in Paris, Tattoo delves into the interesting art of marking the skin with ink. The exhibit explores over 5,000 years of body artfrom around the world, including a series of

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Inventing Impressionism

When the artists who became known as the Impressionists first presented their work in 1874, contemporaries perceived their innovative working methods and unconventional subject matter as a radical departure from accepted ways of art-making. This selection of paintings and drawings by artists including Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt highlights

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Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier

Chicago-born Mainbocher established a fashion house serving royalty, Hollywood, and the social elite. Featuring thirty garments, fashion illustrations, and photography, this exhibition explores the life and legacy of a remarkable man and his journey to become the first American couturier. Following a few visits to Europe as a young man, Mainbocher landed in Paris after

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Ulla von Brandenburg : “It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon”

Pérez Art Museum Miami presents the work of artist Ulla von Brandenburg in a an exhibition entitled It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon. The work, created in situ, explores the intersections of dance, color, textiles, ritual and architecture to question the individual’s condition in relation to social hierarchies. Ulla's work distinguishes

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Question the Wall Itself

Question the Wall Itself examines ways that interior spaces and décor can be fundamental to the understanding of cultural identity. The multimedia exhibition showcases work by 23 international, multigenerational artists who explore the political and social dimensions of interior architecture as well as its complicated relationship to history and their own backgrounds. The show presents

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Félix Bracquemond: “Etcher of Birds”

Printmaker Félix Bracquemond (1833–1914) ruled the roost in mid-1800s France by reviving interest in etching, a technique made famous by Rembrandt. Bracquemond led the way with his printmaking excellence and innovation, attempting the century’s first color etching and adopting design ideas from Japanese woodcuts, which he is credited with discovering in a Paris shop. But he

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Paris Chicago Film Retrospective at the Alliance Française

Join Alliance Française de Chicago every month for the Paris-Chicago Film Retrospective! Next month, on December 15, they will be showing Jacques Tati's Playtime (1966) with award-winning author Aleksandar Hemon. On January 18, they will be showing Christophe Honoré's Chanson d'amour (2007), with special appearance by Consulate Cultural attaché, Fabrice Rozié.

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French Film Seminar: Comédies Françaises

Alliance Française de Milwaukee is proud to present its 2016-2017 French Film Seminar: Comédies Françaises. Each third Saturday of the month (except February), they will be offering a free screening of classical French comedies. From Jacques Tati's cult movie Playtime to Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavivius' OSS 177, come and discover classics of French comedy. Each screening will

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From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir

Consider the influence and intellect of writer Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir’s impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture. A zealous

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Chapuisat Brothers Recreate the Neutra House

The French Chapuisat brothers were invited by the architecture department of the California Polytechnic State University for a three month residency — with an exhibition to follow — at the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles. The Brothers Chapuisat imagined Cornerstone, a wood installation creating a new architectual envelope around the orginial structure built by Richard

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Children in Paris: The Birthday Boy and Friends

Children became a popular subject in French art in the 1880s and 1890s. Their youthful faces and childhood innocence, along with the daily routines of caring for them, attracted some of the greatest artistic talents of the period. This focused exhibition presents works on paper with children as their subject, by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and

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Etel Adnan and Gerhard Richter

The exhibition initiates a conversation between two masters of contemporary painting, from the vastly different backgrounds of Beirut and Germany. Both artists continue to challenge the concept of working in a single style or media, translating their explosive color abstractions and painting processes to canvas, ceramic, glass, and tapestry. Etel Adnan (b. 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon,

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Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book

The Symbolist movement of the nineteenth century grew out of Charles Baudelaire’s visionary poetry, which explored correspondences between the sensory and the spiritual. Baudelaire believed poetry should not describe the external world but suggest the writer’s interior reality, using a vocabulary of delirium, dreams, mysticism, and disordered states of mind. His revolt against the dominant

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Rodin: The Human Experience

One of the greatest artists of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture with works that probe expression with the human figure and face. While his sculpture always remained faithful to nature, he departed from traditional practice in seeking to reveal the creative process. This exhibition of stunning bronzes will demonstrate Rodin’s

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Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master

The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, are mounting a major monographic exhibition of the art of the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). The first retrospective in the United States in over twenty years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, the show is comprised of about 50 of

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Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory

The Block Museum will present an exhibition of newly commissioned work by the internationally acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia (b. 1970), based in part on the artist’s research in the collections of Northwestern University’s Herskovits Library of African Studies and interviews with university faculty across disciplines. Conceived as an installation, the exhibition will feature collage,

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Rodin Centenary

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, this exhibition, featuring about 50 objects from the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collection, presents a significant opportunity to examine the legacy of the artist who has been called the father of modern sculpture. The Legion of Honor holds one of the finest collections in the world

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Chagall: Colour and Music

Chagall: Colour and Music celebrates one of the artist’s greatest sources of inspiration through 400 works ranging from paintings to puppets. An integral part of his Jewish upbringing in his native Belarus, music informed his art throughout his lifetime; even the most casual observer will notice how often musical instruments, especially violins, appear in his compositions. Over the course

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Dubuffet Drawings

Displayed at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York last Fall, the first in-depth museum exhibition of Dubuffet’s drawings in now coming to California. Dubuffet was a leading French artist of the twentieth century. He eschewed traditional notions of beauty in art in favor of what he perceived as more authentic forms of expression, inspired by graffiti,

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Meant To Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection

Meant to Be Shared will feature 18th- to 20th-century Italian, French and Spanish prints. These works were avidly collected by philanthropist Arthur Ross (1910 – 2007), given to Yale University Art Gallery in 2012 and subsequently organized for this exhibition. Ross frequently lent to museums, especially those on academic campuses. In the spirit of the

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The Thrill of the Chase

From 1973 to 1984, Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. (American, 1921-1987) assembled one of the most important private collections of photographs in the world. Wagstaff promoted photography as an art form by organizing exhibitions, delivering lectures, and publishing material on his collection. In 1984, a few years before his death from AIDS-related complications, Wagstaff sold his

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Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city’s burgeoning entertainment district. A frequent visitor to lively hotspots in Montmartre, like the Chat Noir, Mirliton, and Moulin Rouge, his record of local amusements fashioned a portrait of modern Parisian life. Toulouse-Lautrec’s arrival in the

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Matisse and American Art

Montclair Art Museum will present Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present. His art has provided a liberating model for American artists’ varied explorations of vibrant color, strong, fluid lines, and clear compositional structures in their

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Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968

In the late 1950s, the fashion world began to experience a major shift, with haute cou- ture’s star waning and more relaxed, youthful garments gaining favor with trendsetters. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the significant role the French capital played in this transition from the time Yves Saint Laurent became the creative director of the House

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Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: From Degas to Picasso

At the turn of the nineteenth century France prided itself as a global cultural leader. Republican politics promoted both a booming business climate and an empowering belief in the importance of the arts, and leading artists presented Paris as a unique site of urban modernity through their focus on its spectacles of entertainment and the

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The Jewelry Collection of Jean Schlumberger

Artist-jeweler Jean Schlumberger transformed 20th-century fashion with his sculptural designs for vibrant and whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by nature. From crafting costume jewelry for designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930s Paris to heading his own private salon at New York’s Tiffany & Co. beginning in the 1950s, Schlumberger was known for inventive interpretations of animal

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Sabine Weiss: Intimate Memory

Sabine Weiss, born in 1924 in Saint-Gingolph, Switzerland, has always maintained a fierce independence and a need to strike out on her own. At just eighteen—during a time when being a photographer was not a common profession, especially for a woman—she took off in order to pursue this passion, riding her bicycle to Geneva. In

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Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Foundation’s formative collection was shaped through major gifts and purchases from contemporaries who similarly championed radical experimentation in art. These acquisitions include a prized group of Impressionist, Post‑Impressionist, and School of Paris masterworks from Justin K. Thannhauser; the Expressionist inventory of émigré art dealer Karl Nierendorf; inimitable holdings of abstract and Surrealist painting

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Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais

Sparkling gems, luxurious materials, elegant designs, and superb craftsmanship distinguish works by the great Parisian jewelry houses. Exploring the intersection of French art, fashion, and history, Bijoux Parisiens presents 75 glorious pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others. Featuring jewelry from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries, the exhibition traces

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L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features approximately 50 posters by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha. The posters date from 1875 to 1910, the exuberant era in France known as the Belle Époque. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this

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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Edgar Degas's fascination with high-fashion hats and the young women who made them is the inspiration for this groundbreaking exploration of the Paris millinery trade from about 1875 to 1914. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade will feature 60 paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas that have never been exhibited in the

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Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams

Beginning in February 2017, an exhibition of Marc Chagall’s nature-inspired artwork will be on view in Sarasota’s world-renowned botanical garden in an immersive exhibition. As the first botanical garden to exhibit Chagall’s work, The Color of Dreams also marks the first time nature’s profound influence had on the artist is examined in-depth. The six-month exhibit features the

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Olivier Renaud-Clément: Serialities

From February 15, 2017, Hauser & Wirth will present Serialities, a group exhibition organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément — a French art dealer and curator specialized in photography who lives in New York — which examines notions of seriality and repetition, and ways in which artists explore linear and non-linear narratives through iterations. On view through 8 April,

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Dove Allouche: “Le beau danger”

From Feb 23-Apr 8, 2017, Peter Freeman presents Le beau danger, Dove Allouche’s second solo exhibition with the gallery in New York, featuring new works from three different series. The Paris-based artist works in photography, drawing, and printmaking, often employing scientific processes to bring to light otherwise invisible phenomena. In the words of French philosopher Michel

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Monet: The Early Years

Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique,

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Fit to Print: French Illustrators in The New York Times

Fit to Print brings together a selection of art and editorial illustration created by 17 graduates of the Haute école des arts du Rhin (H.E.A.R.) in Strasbourg, one of the preeminent art schools in France. First presented at the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg from January–April 2016, the exhibition debuts in New York in two

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American Women Rebuilding France, 1917 – 1924

The Baldwin Wallace University Ritter Library in Berea (OH) presents American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924. This exhibition documents the efforts of hundreds of American women who volunteered to do humanitarian service in France during and after the conflict. The daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, Anne Morgan led these women who lived alongside the rural residents

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Life in Picoseconds

Life in Picoseconds, the 23rd experiment at Le Laboratoire, is a collaboration between French design team Millimetre, video artist and scientist Charles Reilly, artist Daniel Faust, artist and researcher Anna Ondaatje, and Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards. Integral to the Life in Picoseconds experience is an extraordinary new form of digital representation, the Atom Screen.

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RAW: Portraits of Artists, by Bernar Venet

This exhibit features a selection of photographs that, brought together for the first time in the United States and for the most part previously unpublished, give the viewer a unique, personal view of Bernar Venet’s interactions with other artists. These images have no particular artistic ambition; at their core, they are purely photography as instinct

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Hervé Tullet: This Isn’t Trash

Hervé Tullet is an artist and performer, as well as a renowned children’s book author, whose large-scale interactive workshops, involving up to 1000 people, take place in various libraries, schools, art centers, and museums around the world. A renowned artist of books, including Mix It Up, Let’s Play, and Press Here, Tullet is also celebrated

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Les Bleus de Sèvres: The Legacy of France’s Porcelain Manufacture

New York Master-Craftsmen's Gallery, Les Ateliers Courbet announces Les Bleus de Sèvres, an exhibition presenting a selection of decorative art pieces reflecting the on-going legacy of France's revered porcelain manufacture, Sévres. Founded in 1740, the manufacturers have collaborated with artists and design luminaries including Auguste Rodin, Louise Bourgeois, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Bakker among others.

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Mathieu Bitton: “Darker Than Blue”

Darker Than Blue features people going about their daily routines in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Paris, the Bahamas, and New Orleans. The show as a whole is representative of Bitton’s “always-on” photography style, resulting in high-contrast, high-grain images. The title of the exhibition, like the style of the photographs, carries on the tradition

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Artists from the Barbizon School

The exhibition features works representing the school of painting known as the Barbizon School, which was active in Europe from about 1830 through the 1870s. This movement towards Realism formed a counterpoint and response to the dominance of Romanticism in art at the time.

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Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art

This month, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art inaugurates a suite of state-of-the-art galleries renovated to showcase the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art, a major gift to the institution. This trove of 29 works by Bonnard, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, and many of their equally celebrated contemporaries nearly doubled the museum’s holdings

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Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique

Though largely unknown to contemporary consumers in the United States, French automaker Citroën is beloved in much of the world for its innovative designs and unique Gallic sense of style. On March 11, the Mullin Museum in Oxnard, California, will debut an exhibit honoring the brand. Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique aims to

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Matisse/Diebenkorn

Presenting a new view of two of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary painters, Matisse/Diebenkorn is the first major exhibition to explore the profound inspiration Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) found in the work of Henri Matisse (1869–1954). It brings together 100 seminal paintings and drawings — 40 by Matisse and 60 by Diebenkorn — that reveal the

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Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible

Throughout his life, Eugen Gabritschevsky displayed a precocious passion for the natural sciences, particularly entomology. Born in Russia, he completed advanced degrees in biology and genetics in Moscow, before pursuing postdoctoral studies in 1925 at Columbia University. Soon after he joined the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1927, his successful career was cut short by

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La Patrouille de France: US Tour

Trente-et-un ans après sa dernière tournée en Amérique du Nord, la Patrouille de France (PAF) décollera de Salon-de-Provence le 17 mars prochain. Montée comme une opération d’envergure, cette tournée en Amérique du Nord mobilisera plus de 70 aviateurs et dix Alphajet. Un avion-cargo A400M Atlas assurera le soutien logistique de la tournée. Environ 25 tonnes

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The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin will explore The Arcades Project and its ongoing relevance through works of contemporary art representing the subjects of each of the book's thirty-six chapters. The exhibition will combine archival material from the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, architectural models, and artwork to evoke the elaborate structure of Benjamin's

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Vive l’Amérique! French Children Welcome their American Ally

When the Great War started in the summer of 1914, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students, boys ages 8-13, to write essays and express in drawings how the war would affect their daily lives. The children produced hundreds of drawings and essays reflecting on the changing nature of the war,

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris is a new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Named best musical of the year by both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle and the winner of four Tony Awards, An American in

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The Little Prince

One of the best-selling books ever published, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's charming, interplanetary adventure The Little Prince comes to life in this new adaptation by choreographer Boyko Dossev, whose previous chatterBOXtheatre ballets include Mother Goose and Little Red Riding Hood. The charming fable tells the story of a young boy as he explores and makes sense of a

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Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

Acquired by the French state in 1891, Arrangement hangs today in the great Parisian museum of 19th-century art: the Musée d’Orsay. Whistler’s picture is one of three masterpieces from that museum that will visit the Norton Simon this spring. Joining the Whistler are Edouard Manet’s heroic portrait of his friend, collaborator and critical ally, Emile Zola,

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Duchamp’s “Fountain” at 100

Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades” — everyday manufactured objects that he signed and sometimes modified slightly or combined — paved the way for various Modern movements by emphasizing concept over visual impact and artistic skill. Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal celebrates the centennial of the best known of these works, a porcelain urinal the artist signed

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Paris Texas

The exhibition Paris Texas, on view at galerie Frank Elbaz, takes its cue from key scenes in the celebrated 1984 film Paris, Texas by German avant-garde filmmaker Wim Wenders. It explores the modernist continuing fascination for the open road, with things like deserts, towering concrete overpasses, drive-in banks, billboards, and stripclubs. With works of Francis

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Guide to The Wide World of Wine” with Sommelier Dieter Schafer

Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer invites you to visit old- and new-world wine regions and taste wines not often available for tasting. Wines produced from common and from unusual grape varieties. Class includes effective tasting techniques, lots of wine vocabulary to help you describe wines, a bit of history and geography of the regions,

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Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, New York City's artists and illustrators were enlisted in the war effort. Many of them worked for the federal government’s new Division of Pictorial Publicity. Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York examines the outpouring of posters, flyers, magazine art, sheet

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Amélie: The Musical

Tony nominee Phillipa Soo returns to Broadway in Amélie, a new musical based on the beloved five-time Oscar-nominated film, and "an enchanting act of theatrical reinvention.” Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy

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Bernard Buffet: Paintings from 1956 to 1999

While Bernard Buffet (b. 1928, Paris, France; d. 1999, Tourtour, France) was once hailed as the next Picasso in France and internationally, the artist’s work has weathered dizzying cycles of acclaim and rejection. Immensely popular – and always commercially successful – at numerous points in his career, Buffet suffered long spells of vicious critical repudiation,

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Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images

Smell is one of the senses least associated with art. Intriguingly, its role in that domain takes center stage in Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images, organized around 140 perfume bottles drawn from the collection of the Umi-Mori Art Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. Dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, the containers range

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Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France

This exhibition of photographs and rare silent film footage brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by 350 American women – all volunteers – who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France. Excluded from the right to vote or serve in active combat, these women otherwise directed

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The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age explores the significant impact of European influences, the rapid growth of cities, avant-garde artistic movements, new social mores and the role of technology. Seeking to define the American spirit of the period, The Jazz Age will be a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, art,

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The French National Front and Beyond: A Global Populist Moment?

Held two weeks before the first round of French 2017 presidential election, this conference will take stock of the current ‘populist moment’—in France and elsewhere—as a historical phenomenon and an object of study. Established and emerging scholars from Europe and the U.S. will come together — along with journalists — to address questions of method

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Pierre Bensusan

Pierre Bensusan, a French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer, is described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today", Pierre's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the

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France’s Acoustic Guitar Master Pierre Bensusan in Concert at Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (near Ithaca, NY)!

On Friday April 7, France's acoustic guitar master Pierre Bensusan continues his 40 date tour of the USA and Canada with a much-anticipated return concert at Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts! Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the

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