Cultural Agenda

2019 Cultural Events coming soon in October with a focus on music and technology, contemporary music, the Toulouse architect team winner of the Mies van der Rohe Prize 2019 , the critic and curator Oulimata Gueye from France and Senegal, and a lot of other surprises.


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The Atlanta Chapter of the French Heritage Society raised funds to help restore 18th century mural paintings in the Basilique de la Daurade in Toulouse, which is a sister city of Atlanta.

The Atlanta chapter of the French Heritage Society has established a Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund to allow those whose thoughts are with Paris to take immediate action to ensure that the cathedral’s storied history survives. 

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Residence at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Asheville, NC

The artists will explore the history and specificity of the Black Mountain College and the elasticity of time through images of its past and utopian desires. “The Black Mountain” is a video project set on the historic place of the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, USA. The video will be based on stories, happenings and events which happened during the period of its activities (1933-1957). Reenacting moments fixed on photographs during its years of activity and designed as a tribute, the film will be looking for visual expression and freedom, frozen in time. Crossing boundaries between performance, documentary approaches and free form, the project is a collaboration with the BMC Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina

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From April 6 to July 14, the High Museum of Art presents the European Masterworks: the Phillips collection.


Discover the iconic works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, and Cubist artists brought together by Duncan Phillips who wanted to share European modernism with a larger audience.


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Bouguereau & America June 22 – September 22, 2019 At MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

Comprising around 40 works by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), this exhibition explores the artist’s remarkable popularity in the United States.

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February 16 – August 11, 2019 At MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART


Curated by Donal Harris, Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Memphis and Julian Rome, Senior, University of Memphis Painted Words: Poets and Painters in Print, 1870-1970 showcases three volumes that combine literary and visual art through printmaking.

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On View June 22, 2019 - September 22, 2019 at HUNTER MUSEUM CHATTANOOGA


One of America’s leading modern artists, painter William Glackens (1870-1938) had a keen interest in the work of French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) that has long been recognized.

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June 21–September 29, 2019 at Frist Art Museum Nashville, TN

Featuring works by Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and more, this exhibition explores the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies of unbridled power.

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Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, is an American contemporary artist, best known for his dynamic, vivid and colorful abstract paintings and monumental wall pieces.
Hense is in residency in Toulouse. The mural was commissioned by the City of Toulouse in partnership with the City of Atlanta for the 2019 Edition of the Rose beton Biennale.

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Jonathan Galassi has been at the helm of the legendary publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux for more than 30 years. Listen to Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur's interview with him about translations, poetry and publishing French books in the US in the latest episode of the podcast The Thing About France.

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Visual artist Mickalene Thomas seems to have artwork everywhere, from the Moody Arts Center in Houston to the Brooklyn Museum and Paris. One morning in June, Mickalene and her partner and muse, Racquel Chevremont, joined me at Albertine, the French bookstore on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The three of us talked at length about how Mickalene reinterprets famous French paintings; about the visibility of black women in the arts; Mickalene and Racquel’s love for Dior and French butter; and the role that Paris plays for African-American artists.

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The Young French Cinema - a new generation of Directors, is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S available to U.S. art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network and universities. The program includes 12 feature films (11 French, one Canadian) and 8 short films. All films can be booked “à la carte." For all requests please contact UniFrance (adeline.monzier@unifrance.org).

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Les Femmes Essentielles is a special series of movie classics starring the most legendary actresses of French cinema. These films are available in specially priced packages for theaters, film societies, cinematheques, and museums, supported by first-run quality marketing materials and filmgoer guides.
Contact Rialto pictures if you’re interested in booking any of these films or if you're interested in seeing this series in your city.

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