Festival Albertine 2016

Nov. 2-6, 2016

Curated by National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the third annual Festival Albertine will take place from November 2nd through 6th, 2016. The Festival will explore the changing nature of identity and how the arts interrogate our national, social, and cultural labels today in France and the US.

Showcasing Albertine’s mission to nurture French-American exchange around books and ideas, the Festival will bring together a wide range of American and French writers, artists, thinkers, and scholars including Kehinde Wiley, Jacqueline Woodson, Iris Deroeux, Benjamin Millepied, Claudia Rankine, Darryl Pinckney, Benjamin Stora, Jelani Cobb, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Thelma Golden, Jennifer Homans, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Pap Ndiaye, David Simon, Catherine Meurisse, D' de Kabal, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Claire Diao, Nina Shaw, Kamilah Forbes, Laurent Dubois, Scholastique Mukasonga, Maboula Soumahoro, Chris Jackson, Denis Darzacq, Thomas Lax, Charles Robinson, Zahia Rahmani, Virginia Johnson, and Adam Shatz.

Events will take place at Albertine Books, located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York (972 Fifth Avenue). Festival Albertine is free, open to the public, and will be streamed live at livestream.com/frenchembassy.


Festival Lineup

Wednesday, November 2 | 7:30PM
When Will France Have its Barack Obama?

Looking at differences in construction of identity in France and the United States, panelists will ponder what specifically allowed for Barack Obama in the U.S. and how a similar evolution could happen in France. Moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates with authors Benjamin Stora, Pap Ndiaye, Iris Deroeux, and Jelani Cobb. Read more. Follow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 2 at 7:30pm EST. 

Thursday, November 3 | 7:30PM
From the Margins to the Mainstream: High Art vs. Low Art in France and the US

Producer David Simon, graphic novelists Kelly Sue Deconnick and Catherine Meurisse, and spoken word artist D’ de Kabal will examine how, and why, certain art forms move from low art to high art in France and the US. Moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read more. Follow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 3 at 7:30pm EST. 

Friday, November 4 | 7:30PM
Blacklisted: From Hollywood to Paris

Filmmakers and industry experts Nina Shaw, Claire Diao, and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche will examine questions of diversity, inclusion and representation in French and American cinema, from Hollywood to Cannes Film Festival. Moderated by Kamilah ForbesRead more. Watch live on November 4 at 7:30pm EST. | Follow this event on Facebook.

Saturday, November 5 | 5PM
Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination

After World War II, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. Novelists Scholastique Mukasonga and Darryl Pinckney, professor and essayist Maboula Soumahoro, and historian Laurent Dubois will discuss how black authors on both sides of the Atlantic have engaged the culture on the other side. Moderated by Chris JacksonRead more. Follow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 5 at 5:00pm EST. 

Saturday, November 5 | 7:30PM
Art, Race and Representation

Artists Kehinde Wiley and Denis Darzacq, MoMA curator Thomas Lax, and sociologist Nacira Guénif-Souilamas explore race and representation in contemporary art through practice and process in a conversation moderated by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Read more. Follow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 5 at 7:30pm EST. 

Sunday, November 6 | 3PM
Every Name in the Street

Considering language as a site of political struggle and a reflection of the social constructions that shape our worldview, authors Claudia Rankine, Jacqueline Woodson, Zahia Rahmani and Charles Robinson will discuss the intersections between identity, language and politics. Moderated by Adam Shatz. Read more. Follow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 6 at 3:00pm EST. 

Sunday, November 6 | 5:30PM
Race, Equity, and Otherness in Ballet and Society

Co-presented by the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

Made possible by support from Michele and Timothy Barakett and Cheryl and Blair Effron.

In a conversation moderated by Jennifer Homans, Benjamin Millepied and Virginia Johnson will discuss ballet’s position as an art form often denounced for perpetuating traditions at odds with racial diversity, equality and justice. Read moreFollow this event on Facebook. Watch live on November 6 at 3:00pm EST. 

All events will take place at Albertine at 972 Fifth Avenue and are free and open to the public. All events will be streamed live at livestream.com/frenchembassy and archived at the same address. 

Festival Albertine is made possible with major support from The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Air France, Van Cleef & Arpels, Institut français, and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Generous support is provided by Champagne Pommery and The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel.

Image: Wiley, Kehinde. Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps, 2005. Oil on canvas. 

As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist Kehinde Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world.


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