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Jun 20
Double Lover The Avalon Theatre 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20015
Jun 20
Yann Tiersen The Theatre at Ace Hotel 929 S Broadway Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
Jun 3
Serge Bromberg's Tour : Méliès Discoveries & Other Rarities Film Society Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater 165 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Spring Edito

Dear friends,

With the arrival of spring, we will shed light on the creative endeavors of women in France, during Women’s History Month in March and beyond. In Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts has just opened Women House, a traveling exhibition co-curated by Camille Morineau, director of exhibitions and collections at La Monnaie de Paris, and Lucia Pesapane.  Comprised of work by 36 artists from the 1960s to today, including Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman, Elsa Sahal and Laure Tixier, the exhibition will highlight the plurality of women’s views on the home. 

Oui Design, a program that supports transatlantic collaboration in the field of design, is showcasing works by Valérie Maltaverne, founder of Studio YMER&MALTA, alongside a selection of the famous Akari lamps at the Noguchi Museum. Camille Walala will also present a mural collaboration and an exhibition of works by French female designers at WantedDesign Brooklyn in mid-May.

Marking 50 years after the transformative May 1968 student-led protests in France, universities and cultural institutions across the country are presenting diverse programs and events that revisit the spirit of the ‘60s this spring. From Brown to Columbia University and the Maison Française of Washington DC to the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, various venues will host talks, panels, film screenings, and debates will explore the impactful historical moment. In April and May, there will also be an exhibition of more than 40 rarely- or never-before-exhibited photographs by Philippe Gras from May 1968, sponsored by the Institut français. Philippe Gras will tour the United States, visiting various universities including University of Illinois, University of Chicago, and Duke University, just to name a few. On May 3, Albertine Books will host a discussion the release of May Made Me by Mitchell Abidor. Other events will be presented throughout the year. 

On the West Coast, After Tomorrow, a series of conferences, concerts, exhibitions, debates, performances concentrated in Silicon Valley that will bring together artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, sociologist, and writers to imagine what our world will look like following our current fourth industrial revolution. 

In New York, join Albertine Books for a joyful and witty book battle, during which top literary figures such as Garth Risk Hallberg, Maaza Mengiste, Tom Roberge, Caroline Weber, and H. C. Wilentz will debate the merits of the five titles nominated for the Albertine Prize. Jonny Diamond, editor-in-chief of LitHub, will moderate the feisty literary showdown, and wine will be served. Good news: if you aren’t in New York, you can watch from afar via Livestream! And don’t forget to vote online for the Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best French fiction in English, by May 1. (Plus, a bonus for early voters: vote before March 31 and you could win a tote of Albertine swag!) 

The bookstore will also host Prix Goncourt-winning author Leïla Slimani for the launch of her book, The Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce), on April 21st, with Mona Eltahawy. And don’t miss more events with French authors Yamen Manai, le Père Desbois, Lola Lafon, Alain SupiotNégar DjavadiYvan Alagbé and Benoit Cohen at Albertine and throughout the United States. 

The Make Our Planet Great Again initiative, part of France’s larger Climate Plan to accelerate the global fight against climate change, now offers a selection of grants for French and American students and researchers who work in the field of environmental research (more information here and here). 

Various other events and projects will take place across the country this season. View them by discipline on our website: visual artsperforming artsbooks and ideasmusic, filmfamilyFrench language, and Albertine. 

I hope to see you soon at our events and wish you a wonderful spring!  

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the US


Image credit: Laure Tixier, Plaid Houses (Maquettes): Blue Japan House, Blue Art Deco House, Red Deconstructiv- ist House, White Hut, Acid Green Dome House, Brown Usha Hut, Pink Tower, Turquoise Blue Colonial House (Barbados), Orange Breton House, 2005–11; Wool, felt, and thread, dimensions variable; Na- tional Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France; © Laure Tixier