Festival Albertine 2016

August 4, 2016 | By French Culture

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, Benjamin Millepied, Claudia Rankine, Darryl Pinckney, Benjamin Stora, Jelani Cobb, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Thelma Golden, Jennifer Homans, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Pap Ndiaye, 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.

Further details regarding the Festival’s events will be posted here shortly.  

Festival Albertine is made possible with major support from The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Air France, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Institut français. Generous support is provided by Michele and Timothy Barakett, Cheryl and Blair Effron, and Champagne Pommery.

Special thanks to The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

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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