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Sep 22
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans

Elisabeth Lebovici

Elisabeth Lebovici is a French art historian, critic, journalist, and lecturer at Sciences-Po in Paris.

After obtaining a PhD in aesthetics in 1983, she began publishing art criticism pieces, later becoming chief editor of Beaux Arts magazine (1987-90), and Arts and Culture Editor for the daily newspaper Libération, from 1991 to 2006. She is also archival research member at the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir (http://travellingfeministe.org) and blogs at http://le-beau-vice.blogspot.com/.

Since 2006, Lebovici has co-organized “Something You Should Know: Artists and Producers”, a weekly seminar at the EHESS in Paris. She has also co-curated numerous exhibitions, including “Beau comme un Camion” (European Lesbian and Gay Pride, Paris, 1997) “Xn 99” and “Xn 00” (Espace des Arts Châlon-sur-Saône, France), and “L’Argent“ (Plateau/FRAC, Ile de France, 2008).

Lebovici’s work grapples with gender and sexuality, as well as the relationships between feminism, AIDS activism, queer politics, and contemporary art. She has written several monographs on contemporary artists, worked as an editor for L’Intime (Paris, ensb-a) and is the author, along with Catherine Gonnard, of  Artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Hazan, 2007), a history of women artists in France between 1880 and today. Her latest project, What AIDS Has Done to Me. Art and Activism at the End of the 20th century, will be published in November 2016 by the éditions Maison Rouge/JRP Ringier.

Suggested themes of lectures (additional info coming soon)

– Elisabeth Lebovici’s forthcoming book What AIDS Has Done To Me. Art and Activism at the End of the 20th century
Talk on the history of women artists in France, 1880-2000
-The relationship of feminism and queer questions to art history and contemporary arts
- Gender in translation. This particular theme addresses many burning issues (around education, interdisciplinarity, geographies, activism) which could all be the topic of a specific intervention grounded in recent art productions and exhibitions. (More details to come)
- Chantal Akerman

Selected bibliography

  • Ruggieri : 150 ans de feux d'artifice (written with P. Braco), éditions Denoël, 1989.

    Annette Messager: Faire Parade, éditions Paris-Musées (MAMVP), 1995|

    Claude Cahun photographe (written with F. Leperlier), Jean-Michel Place, 1995

    Zoe Leonard, éditions du Centre national de la photographie, 1998

    L'Intime, (Ed.), éditions de l'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, 1998

    If on a Winter's Night… Roni Horn (written with U. Stahel), éditions Steidl Verlag, 2005

    Valérie Mréjen, monographie, éditions Léo Scheer, 2005

    Georges Tony Stoll (written with D. Baqué), éditions du Regard, 2006

    Femmes artistes/Artistes femmes : Paris, de 1880 à nos jours (written with C. Gonnard), éditions Hazan, 2007

    Louise Bourgeois (written with M-L. Bernadac), Centre Pompidou, 2007

    Zoe Leonard: photographs (written with U. Stahel, S. Alpers, Z. Leonard), Steidl & Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008

    Olga Kisseleva : Mondes croisés, éditions Archibook, 2008

    Martin Szekely, éditions JPR|Ringier, 2010

    Nancy Spero, œuvres sur papier 1926-2009, (written with Jonas Storsve), éditions Gallimard/Centre Pompidou, 2010

    Brigit Jürgenssen (written with G. Schor, H. Eipeldauer), Bank Austria Forum Sammlung/Prestel Verlag, 2010

    Mark Morrisroe : « in the Darkroom » (written with B. Ruf, T. Seelig…), JRP/Ringier, 2010

    Tacita Dean, the Friar’s Doodle, (written with L. Cooke), A. de Santo Domingo de Silos/Madrid, Musée Reina Sofía, Actar, 2010

    General Idea, Trouble dans le genre, (written with Frédéric Bonnet), Paris-Musées and JRP/RIngier, 2011

  • Note that we have limited funding available for Elisabeth Lebovici’s tour. If your institution is not based in the San Francisco area, please let us know if you would be able to arrange for travel to/from the event.


If you would like to invite this author to speak at your university or bookstore, please fill out the application form and email it to Anne-Sophie Hermil at anne-sophie.hermil@diplomatie.gouv.fr