On Friday, September 21st, Elliott Carter received the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. The Ambassador of France, François Delattre, presided over the ceremony and delivered the following speech.
French composers and artists are once again in the spotlight for the 2012-2013 season at the Metropolitan Opera. "Faust" by Charles Gounod will be conducted by Alain Altinoglu, while "Dialogues des Carmélites" by Francis Poulenc will be conducted by Louis Langrée.
This spring, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in collaboration with Aperture Gallery, The Gallery at Hermès, and La Maison Française of New York University presented Delpire & Co., an exhibition featuring a half century of achievement in the life and career of Robert Delpire.
Wednesday evening was the opening Saâdane Afif’s solo show at Ludlow 38, the satellite space for the Goethe-Institut in the Lower East Side. Afif is a French artist working and living in Berlin, and has spent the last six months in residence at ISCP, as part of the Cultural Services/Institut français residency program.
The French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) has awarded grants supporting international residencies and performances of contemporary dance work by eight French and U.S. artists for the 2012-2013 season.
The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater has awarded $116,000 to 10 projects in the U.S.
Gisele Vienne's installation for the 2012 Whitney Biennial continues her career -long investigation into the tension between the artificial and the real. Her work revolves around notions of evil, adolescence and the uncanny, and the world she portrays is often at the very edges of normative human behaviour.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce the first U.S. publication of acclaimed French author/director Joël Pommerat (winner of Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature, Molière Award, and Associate Artist at both Odéon Theater of Europe, and National Theater of Belgium) in Theater magazine’s Summer 2012 edition.
On April 3rd, 2012, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor and head of the French Cultural Services confered the insignia of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters on Israel Horovitz at the French Embassy in New York. Israel Horovitz presented a short play in French and English for the occasion.
On March 5th the Cultural Service of the French Embassy welcomed Mircea Cantor, recipient of the 2011 Marcel Duchamp Prize, and the critic Steven Henry Madoff, for a special discussion on the occasion of Cantor’s exhibition, Restless: Films and Other Works, at the Museum of Moving Image in New York.