April 2014

This month I am pleased to announce two piquant festivals. As intellectually rigorous as they are delectable, these energetic initiatives focus on how we engage with visual art and poetry today.

Wébinaires pédagogiques

Wébinaire n°4 : jeudi 17 avril 2014, de 15h30 à 17h00 (EST) / Formateur du CLA : Jean-Marie Frisa / Thème proposé : « Enseigner le socioculturel »

ART²: A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition

A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, curated by Katherine Carl and Florence Ostende, is part of ART² : An International Platform on Contemporary Art organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York during April 2014.

A Night Walk in Marseille

Now you can take a night stroll through Marseille without leaving home. Google has teamed up with Radio Grenouille and Amsterdam-based 72 and Sunny to create a virtual tour of Cours Julien, a neighborhood in Marseille known for its street art and nightlife.



Meet the Author: An evening with Metin Arditi

05/07/2014 6:00pm
Algonquin Hotel
An evening with Metin Arditi, Swiss writer, businessman, philanthropist, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

French Literature in the Making: Colette Fellous

April 28, 2014 | 7pm
Maison Française of NYU
La Maison Française of NYU hosts French Literature in the Making, a series of evenings with French writers speaking about their work in conversation with Olivier Barrot. The upcoming event will be on January 27th with Colette Fellous, novelist, editor, radio producer and author of Aujourd’hui (Prix Marguerite Duras), Pour Dalida, Un Amour de frère, La Préparation de la vie.

"From Translation All Science Had Its Offspring" The Florio Translation of the Essays of Michel de Montaigne

April 28, 2014 | 6:30pm
Barnard College Campus
On the occasion of the publication of Shakespeare's Montaigne (NYRB, 2014), a modernized and annotated edition of John Florios's 1603 translation of Montaigne's Essays, please join Barnard College on April 28, 2014 for an evening with the book's co-editor Peter Platt (Department of English, Barnard College) in conversation with Phillip John Usher (Department of French, Barnard College).

Master Class with Adonis and Jorie Graham

April 29, 2014 | 7-8:30pm
The Public Theater
In a rare visit to the States, the once-imprisoned Syrian author Adonis, considered by many to be the most important Syrian poet, will converse with celebrated American poet Jorie Graham. The first installment of the 2014 master class series, this conversation will explore the lyrical and the analytical, the sensuous and the philosophical, and is sure to delight poets and readers alike.

Clayton Eshleman reading Aimé Césaire on French Week at Rutgers

04/30/2014 3:00-4:15 PM
Rutgers Student Center, 411 ABC
READING CÉSAIRE : a reading by Clayton Eshleman of his translations of the poetry of Aimé Césaire. There will also be a reading in French of the original poems by François Cornilliat.

Crossing Worlds: Translation, Eventfulness and the Political

05/02/2014 2:00-7:30pm
Barnard College Campus
An international conference, “Crossing Worlds: Translation, Eventfulness, and the Political,” jointly organized by the Barnard Center for Translation Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.



Zombie Zombie in Concert

April 26, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Comet Ping Pong

Zombie Zombie is a French electro-pop duo formed by Etienne Jaumet (synthesizers, analog modular drum machines, effects, vox) and Cosmic Neman (drums, percussion, vox, rototoms, bongos, maracas, tambourine), plus the French


Celebrating Rameau, Part One: The Salon

April 30, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, a music company based in Washington, D.C., devotes much of their 2014 programming to Rameau. Celebrating Rameau, Part One: The Salon will take place at the Kennedy Center on April 30th. Opera Lafayette will continue celebrating Rameau on October 6th at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall when it presents his opéra ballet Les Fêtes de L’Hymen et de L’Amour ou Les Dieux d’Egypte (The Celebrations of Love and Marriage or the Gods of Egypt). There is no other major opera company in the United States putting on a work by Rameau.

Celebrating the legacy of Rameau - an interview with Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette

According to the foundations of musical harmony established in the Traité de l’harmonie, “the Ancients” based the rules of harmony on melody, instead of beginning with harmony. The author of this famous text – one on harmony which is now the basis of most 20th-century music textbooks – is Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764), a French composer of the late Baroque period who earned recognition through his complex operas and research in music theory.

French-American Fund for Contemporary Music Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 31, 2014 -- The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States.

Cécile McLorin Salvant's US Tour

Make it your New Year’s resolution to hear French jazz musician Cécile McLorin Salvant at least once in 2014. Salvant is playing a number of shows, including a very special performance at the Lycée Français in New York on January 9th.

Lady Gaga Samples Zombie Zombie in “Venus”

Lady Gaga samples the voices of French duo Zombie Zombie on her new single “Venus”, the third single off the album Artpop, to be released on November 11th. The similarity between Lady Gaga’s “Venus” and “Rocket Number 9″, performed by Zombie Zombie and released in March 2012, does not stop with the sample used, but can also be found in the way in which the American artist sings.

Visual & Performing Arts


Ron Agam - Living Among Lines: Video by a French Artist in NYC

Ron Agam, a New York City based abstract artist of diverse, innovative works characterized by geometric shapes, pure color, and lucid design, sees the city as an inspiration for his work.

A Salute to Street Artist Bilal Berreni, aka Zoo Project

It is with tremendous sadness that we have learned of the death of young artist Bilal Berreni in Detroit this past summer due to tragic circumstances that have not been fully elucidated.

Light Touch

Feb 12 - June 22, 2014
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP), presents Light Touch, a photography exhibition featuring the work of five artists who explore aspects of the physical world through the lens of light as both a medium and a resource of value to our natural environment. This exhibition will include the work of Chrystel Lebas, French artist who employs photography in order to promote wider understanding of the complex encounter between human beings and nature.

Robert Adams Photo Retrospective at the Jeu de Paume

American photographer Robert Adams is the subject of a large retrospective that opened this week at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. The exhibition is perhaps the most sweeping survey ever mounted of the 76-year old artist's work. Over more than two hundred and fifty prints from twenty one different series, will allow visitors to observe Adams' career long exploration of the American West.

Festival de la Francophonie

March 10 - April 10, 2014
Embassy of France
The 2014 Festival de la Francophonie seeks to celebrate the diversity and richness of French language and francophone communities around the world. In this regard, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France participates in the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie with four events that showcase the creativity in French music, literature, film, and cuisine.

Light up to Light Touch

Instead of a museum, gallery or other typical exhibition space, Light Touch is on display at the International Pier of the Baltimore Washington International Airport. The exhibition’s premiered on February 12th and will last through June 22 of this year, with the official inauguration ceremony held on March 5th. The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France has provided full support to Light Touch, as have EDF and Frame Visual Art, Finland. Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director for MAP, and Chrystel Lebas, the French artist included in this exhibition, speak to the Cultural Service in regard to Light Touch and their own perspectives on art today.

Film, TV & New Media


“Go With Le Flo” Launches Day/Date in the US on Eurocinema On Demand

From Berlin to Los Angeles, “Go With Le Flo,” the German/French Romantic Comedy Made by Americans, Makes World Theatrical Debut; Film Launches Day/Date in the US on Eurocinema On Demand on Cable, Satellite and Online

Announcing the 28th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival

April 17 - 27, 2014
Various locations (Washington area)
In its 28th edition, the Washington DC International Film Fest will feature a selection of over 80 films. Also known as the Filmfest DC, this cinematic event celebrates nearly three decades of bringing award-winning movies to the District. The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France supports this year's Filmfest DC, hosting a special double-screening on April 25th with Paulette (2012) and Gare du Nord (2013).

Cannes Announces 2014 Official Film Selection

The official film selection for the 2014 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was unveiled on April 17th during a press conference held by Gilles Jacob (President) and Thierry Frémaux (Executive Director). Out of 1,800 submissions, 49 films representing 28 countries were selected for this year’s slate, with 18 titles competing for the Palme d’Or and 19 for the Un Certain Regard section.

Cannes Film Festival 2014: A Look Ahead

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is set to take place May 14-25, 2014. One month before its opening, let’s take a look at what we know so far.

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014 Gathers 15,000 Spectators

This year’s edition of the French film festival organized by UniFrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center met with an unprecedented success.


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