Winter 2015

Though it has been over a month since the devastating attacks in France, the emotional and physical repercussions of these events have not been forgotten. We are so grateful for the moving, compassionate response from our friends and partners in the U.S. Though the reverberations of violence that have touched our country and the entire world will remain forever present in our minds, we simultaneously hope for future peace.
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The Squadron’s Umbrella

"The Squadron’s Umbrella" gathers for the first time in English 39 wickedly funny texts by one of the hippest cat to have ever hung his hat at Le Chat Noir in Paris — the humorist Alphonse Allais — who experimented with holorhymes and invented conceptual art.
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A Roll of the Dice

"A Roll of the Dice" is one of symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé’s best-known and most visually complex works. Wave Books presents an edition with refined type and photographs that both honor the original and make it an object of delight.

Abderrahmane Sissako's US Tour

One of the world’s leading filmmakers, Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania/Mali, is an artist whose transnational poetic vision is grounded in precise, everyday acts and humanity.
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Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction

In this new title, Quentin Meillassoux addresses the problem of chaos and of the constancy of natural laws in the context of literature. He elucidates the distinction between science fiction, and fiction outside-science, where science becomes impossible. A significant milestone that will appeal to readers of both philosophy and literature.
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"Sphinx" is the debut novel of the inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo. This influential and experimental French literary group aims to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints.



Feminism's Abject Selves: Beauvoir, Leduc, Wittig

Apr 17-18, 2015
Maison Française - Columbia University
Author and filmmaker Virginie Despentes, novelist and member of the Oulipo Anne Garréta, art historian Élisabeth Lebovici, and best-selling author Édouard Louis, among others, will participate in a two-day conference on French feminist writers Simone de Beauvoir, Violette Leduc and Monique Wittig.

Where the Wild Books Are

Apr 18, 2015 | 1-6 pm
The New School
Critics, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and educators from Europe, the United States, and beyond will gather to explore the diverse array of picture books published in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Japan and emphasize their impact on the cultural literacy and the imaginative capacities of the next generation.

French Books USA: Week in Review

Remembering French editor François Maspero; two Francophone authors nominated for Impac Dublin literary prize; Persepolis amongst most challenged books in US libraries; posthumous publication of Charlie Hebdo editor's book; and recommended reading: Pénélope Bagieu's graphic novel Exquisite Corpse.

Our Daily Poison: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Marie-Monique Robin, documentary filmmaker and author of the best-selling book " The World According to Monsanto", for a conversation on the state of our food chain.

Les rendez-vous d'Albertine: April 2015

Apr 2-21, 2015
Albertine Books in French and English
Albertine continues to launch numerous exciting events each week. Coming up this month: a conversation between novelist Virginie Despentes and Emily Gould, a talk with French mathematician Cédric Villani, and a discussion with professor Michel Zink. Feel free to join us and browse the shelves while you're at it!

French Literature Night at Cornelia Café

Apr 22, 2015 | 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
For the subject of their forthcoming evening at Cornelia Café, French Literature Night chose a play by Philippe Malone - Bien lotis. Malone is a French writer and photographer who often works in urban and peri-urban neighborhoods. He has written 15 plays, some of which have been performed on stage and on radio.



Rock Le Cabaret! Starring Chanteuse ADRIENNE HAAN

April 18, 2015 | 4PM & 7:30PM
Cutting Room
A cutting edge soirée that showcases new modern interpretations of French chansons by Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, and Charles Aznavour with a five-piece rock band. In addition, special art exhibit and live appearance by acclaimed French artist, Philippe Valy.

Christine and the Queens on Tour in the US

After creating major buzz at SXSW, Christine and the Queens will perform several shows in New York and California this April.

Les Arts Florissants to Perform in the US

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in the world. They will play several US dates in 2015, including a performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

French-American Piano Society's 2015 Spring Benefit Recital

April 28, 2015 | 6:30 PM
French Consulate New York
A one-of-a-kind recital celebrating the variety of Creole Piano Music, this recital with Thierry Vaton and Georges Granville will also serve as a fundraising event for the French-American Piano Society.

Benjamin Clementine in New York

April 28 - 29, 2015
Joe's Pub
A rising talent, singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine will perform two nights in New York at the end of April.

A Conversation with Abd al Malik

French slam artist, poet, writer, and film director Abd al Malik talks about his literary work and autobiographical feature film "Qu’Allah bénisse la France !"

Visual & Performing Arts


Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s at The Museum at FIT

Feb 6 - April 18, 2015
The Museum at FIT
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s is an exhibition exclusively drawn from the holdings of The Museum at FIT. It offers a unique perspective on two of the best-known fashion designers in modern history.

The AIPAD Photography Show in New York

April 16 - 19, 2015
Park Avenue Armory
Celebrating its 35th year in 2015, The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present five different French galleries from April 16 through 19.

The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Pompidou Foundation Have Received a Gift of Works of Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Pompidou Foundation have received an unprecedented promised gift of works of art from the noted art collectors Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner.

The Salomon Foundation for Contemporary Art Launches The Salomon Foundation Residency Award

April 24, 2015
The Salomon Foundation launchs its first annual Residency Award. It will give the opportunity to an artist from the Francophone world to get a six-month residency in New York.

Tatiana Trouvé: Studies for Desire Lines

March 3 - April 25, 2015
Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian New York presents an exhibition of recent work by Tatiana Trouvé closely related to and concurrent with her Central Park installation Desire Lines.

Pierre Gonnord: The Dream Goes Over Time

March 5 - April 25, 2015
Hasted Kraeutler
Hasted Kraeutler gallery announces The Dream Goes Over the Time, an exhibition of of photographs by French-born artist Pierre Gonnord.

Film, TV & New Media


Applications Now Open for the Tournées Film Festival !

Since 2015, participating universities will now choose SIX FILMS: FIVE CONTEMPORARY (FEATURED AND/OR ALTERNATIVE SELECTION) + ONE CLASSIC FILM. The grant to cover the cost of screening SIX FILMS (either in digital or in 35 millimeter), will be $2,200.

2nd Edition of Art of the Real

April 10 - 26, 2015
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Join the 2nd edition of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the screenings of Alain Cavalier's Le Paradis, Jean Eustache's Une Sale Histoire and René Vautier's Africa 50.

Agnès Varda in New York for Art of the Real

April 10-26, 2015
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join the 2nd edition of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the Agnès Varda Retrospective titled The Actualities of Agnès Varda. Art of the Real will present many of the filmmaker's work in the context of her career-long focus on merging fact and fiction, from April 10 through April 26, 2015.

Eric Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs Cycle

Friday, April 17, 2015
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Join the Film Society of Lincoln Center as it will be celebrated French filmmaker Eric Rohmer with a six-film spotlight in April, coinciding with a two-week exclusive run of a new digital restoration of the director's 1984 film, Full Moon in Paris.

I Put a Spell On You: The Films of Bertrand Bonello

April 29 – May 4, 2015
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Join the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a complete retrospective of French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello. The retrospective will include a sneak-preview presentation of his latest film, Saint Laurent.

A Conversation with Abd al Malik

French slam artist, poet, writer, and film director Abd al Malik talks about his literary work and autobiographical feature film "Qu’Allah bénisse la France !"
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