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Fall Edito 2017

Dear friends,

This fall, as students return to classrooms around the country, the Cultural Services will put education at the center of its work.

Parents, professors, leading politicians, economists and educators joined the president of France for the inauguration of the French Dual Language Fund at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York on September 20, and to further demonstrate our commitment to developing French programs in American public schools. As President Macron reminded us, bilingualism is more than the acquisition of another language, it is “the strongest and most intimate link that can exist” between two cultures.You can view a video of the ceremony and the president’s speech here, or in English here.  

Along with our educational projects, we have a full lineup of exciting cultural events throughout the fall season. The DIA Art Foundation, in both New York City and Beacon, NY, will showcase the work of François Morellet, one of France’s most important contemporary artists, with its largest retrospective in the last 30 years featuring paintings and neon instillations. This month in Chicago, as part of EXPO CHICAGO, the Palais de Tokyo and the Institut francais will present Hors-les-murs, an exhibition including 13  emerging, France-based artists. In early October, a group of French illustrators—Pénélope Bagieu, Fabien Nury et Zep—will share some of the best French-Belgian comics to American audiences at New York Comic Con and as guests at the Albertine bookstore on October 5.

In Houston and Atlanta, The Core Dance Company will present “Human Landscape,” a performance choreographed by French artist Germana Civera that delivers a personal and poignant testimony on the theme of exile. In New York, the 11th edition of the multidisciplinary festival Crossing the Line will showcase groundbreaking French works throughout the month of October.

We will also be participating in the annual Open House New York. Do not miss the opportunity to visit our Payne Whitney Mansion at 972 Fifth Avenue and the French Consulate just a few blocks away, as we participate on October 14. During guided visits (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with RSVP) and open house (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.), visitors will get to see both our typically closed-to-the-public Gilded Age era rooms and a temporary exhibit organized by the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art featuring contemporary French artists.  

In New York and Los Angeles, the third edition of the French American Creative Lab will guide eight, carefully chosen, French creative and cultural industry startups in learning more about the tech world in the United States.

We hope you will join us this month at some of our numerous events hosted at Albertine, which celebrated its third birthday on September 14. The bookstore will host first-class guests including Holly McGhee, Mark Helprin, Anne Fontaine, Mathias Enard, Serge Bloch, and Christophe Boltanski all season long. And of course, we cannot forget the highly anticipated Festival Albertine from November 1-5.

A number of other events will be taking place across the country. You can find them on our website in these sections listed here: visual artstheater artsbooks and ideasmusicfilm-TV and new-mediakids and familiesFrench language, and higher education as well as on Albertine’s website.

I hope to see you at many of these events, and wish you a wonderful fall season.

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Conseillère Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis