JUNE 2019
Cultural Agenda

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. Three Atlanta chapter members attended the grant award ceremony in Toulouse in May. The Atlanta Toulouse Sister City Committee originally asked the FHS to consider the grant.

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.  This tragedy is an urgent reminder of the fragility of our rare architectural treasures and the vital work to preserve them for future generations.

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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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The Black Mountain

Residency in collaboration with 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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Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
October 2019 – February 2020

After visiting Savannah, Georgia to research the site – as well as the collections of the museum and the African-American art and artifact collection of Dr. Walter O.Evans – the artist will develop a proposal for a site and theme-specific project. SCAD museum of Art annually commissions new works that consider and respond, among other things, to place and history –of our building, the city of Savannah, the South, and the United States- from nuanced local and international perspectives. Barontini’s practice consists largerly of layered textile-based installations with richly embellished surfaces, including new images constructed by the artist from existing sources. He draws from colonial and African art historical references, which he transforms through a process of collage to create new visual vocabularies.

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The organization Culture Mill will host French choreographer Christian Ubl, and two of his collaborators from Compagnie CUBE Dance for a 3 weeks residency in rural North Carolina. The residency will focus on bridging Ubl’s work to institutions, local communities, public schools as well as the local dance professionals through a series of dance workshops, culminating in the realization of 3 “Summer Ball” events. The Summer Ball combines short choreographies inspired by folks dances, line dances and social dances with a contemporary dance vocabulary.

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Engaging questions of human freedom alongside human limitations, if... a memoir, is conceived as a love song written for humanity, seeking to reveal what binds each of us, one to the other. Created by Sue Schroeder, choreographer, Simon Gentry, cinematographer, Christian Meyer, composer, Sarah Turquety, poet, in collaboration with the Dance Artists of Core Dance, the evening-length, immersive physical theater / choreo-poem will premiere in 2020.

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At von der Heyden Studio Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
Tuesday, June 25, 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 26, 8:00pm
In They Are All North Carolina choreographers Murielle Elizéon (French-born and now NC-based dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher) and Tommy Noonan interweave the combined expertise of professional dancers, neuroscientists, people with Parkinson’s disease, and data informaticists. The multi-generational work explores the relationship between cognitive engagement, interpersonal relationships, and movement. At once an artistic and research project, They Are All probes the ways in which artistic technologies and perspectives can be useful to medical research, as well as the ways in which medical, technological, and experiential expertise in movement disorders can generate new artistic perspectives in dance.

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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. Bouguereau’s modern and highly polished interpretations of classical subjects—including heroic men, sensuous goddesses and playful cupids—as well as his intimate and idealized   portrayals of peasant life, were avidly sought by American collectors.

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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. Since the late-nineteenth century, the tradition of peintre-graveur ("painter-engraver") in France imagined printmaking as a natural synthesis of the verbal, visual, and manual arts. The exhibited works, which range from Paris in the 1860s to New York in the 1960s, combine poetry and graphic work to test not only the bounds of each art form, but also the bounds of printmaking itself.

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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. He saw the French Impressionist’s works in New York galleries as early as 1908 and had unique access to the growing art collection of his friend and colleague, Albert C. Barnes. However, Glackens’ specific debt to the art of this important French modernist has never been fully explored. William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions fills this void by bringing together more than 20 works by each artist that illuminate Renoir’s influence on Glackens’ artistic development.

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French artist CEET was presented with a Community Design Award in May for the mural he installed on Cascade Road and Mays Drive as part of France-Atlanta 2018, a manifestation founded by The French Consulate General and Georgia Tech. The mural was installed under a partnership between Elevate Atlanta, the Major’s office of Cultural Affairs, the City of Toulouse and the Cultural services of the French Embassy in 2018.

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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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June Programming Highlights

Stream the second season of the award-winning series, Les Engagés, which explores the lives of youth activists at the LGBT center in Lyon. Make sure to also catch BIM Experience, a never-before-seen documentary which follows the story of a musical collective from Benin, which premieres in the US on June 19.

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Cultural Services of the French Embassy's new bi-weekly podcast The Thing About France explores the relationships between French and American artists and institutions. Distinguished American cultural figures with notable connections to France such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, writer David Sedaris, journalist Liesl Schillinger, and Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg discuss everything from the politics of race to the funding of cultural institutions, the challenges and benefits of living and working in another culture and language, as well as insider tips on their favorite spots in France.

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