Cultural highlights

19–22 September, 2019 | Chicago - Navy Pier

The  Cultural Services of the French Embassy are happy to renew their partnership with EXPO Chicago, and to welcome during this eighth edition French curators, artists, and galleries.

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Sept 19, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

Creatives from around the world will be flocking to Chicago in two weeks for the 3rd edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Our chance to see the most massive North-American exhibition that plays with the idea of space and how we experience it in new, innovative ways.
Check out the contributors from France:
▶️The Funambulist, a print and online magazine dedicated to the politics of space and bodies
▶️Performance Descendances du nu by Jimmy Robert on Sept 20
▶️Echo: A Site-specific Installation and Architecture Exhibition at the Alliance Française de Chicago

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Filmmaker Alain Gomis will tour the Midwest to present three of his most acclaimed films L’Afrance (2001), Aujourd'hui (2012) and Félicité (2017).

Sept 27 ▶️ Félicité - Block Cinema-Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Sept 30 ▶️ Félicité - Gateway Film Center & Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Oct 2    ▶️ Aujourd'hui - Miami University (Oxford, OH)
Oct 3    ▶️ L'Afrance  - Contemporary Arts Center & University of Cincinnati (OH)

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Sept 11, 2019 | 4:00pm | The Newberry Library - Chicago

The Newberry Library invites you for a late afternoon event dedicated to Proust’s letters and the presentation of the new open-access digital edition of his correspondence, recently made available online thanks to the commitment of the University of Illinois.

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Sept 5-7, 2019 | Indiana University (Bloomington) & UW Cinematheque (Madison)
Stéphane Vieyra in person!

We are pleased to partner with IU Department of French and Italian & Black Film Center/ Archive and UW Cinematheque for a workshop and multiple screenings to explore the legacy of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (1925-1987), an influencial pionner, practitioner and scholar of African cinema and media as it was being formed in the decolonization era of the 1960s.

Sept 5-6 ▶️ P.S. Vieyra Workshop & Screenings - Bloomington (IN)
Sept 7 ▶️ The Films of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra - Madison (WI)

Imported prints from La Cinémathèque Afrique de l'Institut Français

Sept 20-28, 2019 | Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit & Bloomington

Inspired by electronica, hip-hop, and African musical styles, KOKOKO! are thrilled to bring in the Midwest their remarkable organic, exuberant sound, created in collaboration with French producer débruit.
▶️Sept 20-  The Cedar Cultural Center with Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)
▶️Sept 21 -  Chop Shop - World Music Festival Chicago
▶️ Sept 22 - Global Peace Picnic - World Music Festival Chicago (FREE)
▶️Sept 27 - Deluxx Fluxx (Detroit)
▶️Sept 28 - 26th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (Bloomington)

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Sept 13 - Nov 2, 2019 | Document Gallery - Chicago

This exhibit features historical and recent work by Louis Cane, Noël Dolla and Claude Viallat, members of Supports/Surfaces, a shifting group of some twelve French painters who began collaborating and showing together in 1966. It will revisit Cane, Dolla and Viallat’s past work, while charting the evolution of their practices up through the present day.

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Sept 19, 2019 | 6:00pm | Music Box Theater - Chicago

Don't miss your chance to see the fabulous and hilarious French comedy The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) at the Opening Night film & party of the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival Reeling 2019! Co-organized by the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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Sept 27-28, 2019 | co. (company projects) & Goethe Pop Up - Minneapolis

Europe-based feminist art and culture magazine Petunia has created Passages, a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions which include French artists Alexandra Midal, Emilie Pitoiset, Valerie Chartrain, Elsa Dorlin (via Skype) as part of the year long Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis. Supported by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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Sept 15 - Dec 18, 2019 | Indiana University Cinema (Bloomington)

This series celebrates the late Agnès Varda's career and attempts to represent the diversity of her work, from her early French New Wave films to her 21st-century documentaries.

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Sept 28 & 29, 2019 | Cleveland Cinematheque

Special screenings of the final theatrical film by the great Jean Renoir set in a German POW camp (but during WWII, not WWI like in Grand Illusion). Imported print from the Institut Français in Paris.

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Sept 12 - Oct 5, 2019

WOW!! It's starting again. The first Tournées French Film Festival of this academic year hits Beloit College. Great program starting with Bruno Dumont's Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc and ending with Robin Campillo's 120 beats per minute.

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Sept 24 - Dec 3, 2019 | Alliance Française de Chicago

Trois ateliers autour de trois grands classiques de la littérature française à redécouvrir, avec un brin d’irrévérence mais beaucoup de sagacité, en compagnie de Thomas Pavel, professeur à l’université de Chicago.

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