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The American Center for Art and Culture promotes American contemporary art beyond its walls. Every month we make a selection for you!

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Cinema

LESLIE CARON, FRENCH IN HOLLYWOOD, AMERICAN IN PARIS – ARTE TV

Leslie Caron, French in Hollywood, American in Paris by ARTE TV – Available until August 18, 2021

Revealed as a teenager by “An American in Paris”, the dancer who embodied the charm of Paris in Hollywood recounts a certain golden age of cinema, and its shadowy side.

She is one of the last living legends of the Hollywood golden age, but nothing predestined this little Parisian to be at the top of the bill, except the cold ambitions of an American mother, her pretty face and her talent as a dancer. In the aftermath of a happy childhood, brutally interrupted by the Occupation, Leslie Caron was spotted on stage by Gene Kelly, who asked her to star in what would become one of his most famous films: “An American in Paris”.

Conferences

SELECTION OF VIRTUAL CONFERENCES – D’ARTS ET D’HISTOIRES

In May, the platform D’Arts et D’Histoires offers a selection of virtual conferences on American art and culture:

The fashion collection of the LACMA (Los Angeles) by Aurélie Faulx-Briole on Saturday, May 01 at 9 pm:
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has one of the world’s most important collections of 17th-20th century European fashion. Through its collections, let’s explore the evolution of clothing from the whalebone body to the first women’s pants.

Rothko, color in the service of spirituality by Paloma Moin on Friday, May 7 at 6:30 pm:
Why is it impossible to look at a Rothko well these days? How can we try to experience it in spite of everything? “It would be nice if we could build places all over the country, like little chapels, where a traveler or a walker could meditate for a long time”.

Charlie Chaplin alias Charlot by Tatiana Bailleul on Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 pm:
The story of Charlie Chaplin, the world’s most famous burlesque pantomime in 1920, tells us about a golden age of American cinema in transformation. Let’s revisit The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights, The Dictator in the light of their real and poetic contexts and dramas.

Once Upon a Mouse: The origins of Walt Disney’s art by Marie-Anne Capaldi-Léourier on Thursday, May 27 at 8:30 pm:
By releasing his first full-length animated film in 1937, Mickey’s creator established himself as the master of the genre. Throughout his creations, he was successful in imposing an easily recognizable aesthetic. What are the origins of Walt Disney’s art?

Masterpieces from the museums of Chicago and Detroit by Tatiana Bailleul on Saturday, May 29 at 6:30 pm:
Chicago and Detroit, capitals of buildings and Fordism, are also famous for their mythical art collections. If the travels of works to Europe are drying up, let’s go virtually to meet a few selected masterpieces.

Exhibition

SARAH SZE – FONDATION CARTIER

Sarah Sze, Night into Day – October 24, May 30, 2021

Sculpture spills from its edge into the world in this very complex way that isn’t bound by the frame. In painting, the world spills into the frame, and sometimes we confuse that frame with the world.
—Sarah Sze

A peerless bricoleur, Sze gleans objects and images from worlds both physical and digital, assembling them into complex multimedia installations that prompt microscopic observation while evoking a macroscopic perspective on the infinite. In recent years she has returned to painting—the medium in which she first trained—producing works that translate her processes of sculptural accumulation into the making of collaged paintings that are detailed, dynamic, and highly textural.

While waiting for the reopening of the exhibition “From night to day”, immerse yourself for free in the composite universe of this American artist with the Night Vision 20/20 application (available for free download on Apple Store and Google Play).

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