APRIL 2020
Cultural Agenda

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We are pleased to inform you that the live concerts by Yao have been replaced by a virtual concert.

With his deep baritone voice, Yao charms us into us in his warm poetic world by his bold creativity. His musical style crosses over Slam and Soul, emphasized by Groovy, Funk and Pop sounds. True to his rich, visual and rhythmic writing with a unique vulnerability, Yao offers sophisticated lyrics in a personal show, somewhere in between the powerful performance of French rapper Oxmo Puccino and the intimate lyricism of Leonard Cohen. After several tours overseas (France, Belgium, Madagascar, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco…) Yao is eager to meet a new audience in Atlanta!

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High Museum of Art - Atlanta

This fall, the High presented the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, the modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear in 2018.

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” offers an unprecedented survey of Abloh’s creative work over nearly two decades and pulls back the curtain on his process. The exhibition presents prototypes alongside finished artworks, product designs, and fashion to reveal his myriad inspirations—from centuries-old paintings to commonplace construction signs. Running throughout the exhibition is an emphasis on dialogue, which Abloh creates through his inventive use of language and quotation marks, turning the objects he designs and the people who wear his clothing into “figures of speech.”

Virgil Abloh and Kevin Tucker, the High’s Chief Curator, sat down earlier this month to discuss what makes tourists and purists excited about this career retrospective in Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”.

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High Museum of Art - Atlanta

Long before comics and graphic novels, artists used pictures to tell stories. This exhibition presents six series of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts that do just that. The tales told include the Shakespearean tragedies Hamlet and King Lear, the biblical Parable of the Prodigal Son, and a purely pictorial dream sequence featuring a glove. Two more series illustrate sets of abstract principles—the Christian notion of the seven deadly sins and a German legal code from the 1400s.

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SECCA - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art - Winston-Salem

The Reynolda House Museum of America Art is presenting a video about works of Peter Campus, a pioneer of video art, in support of the exhibition curated by Anne-Marie Duguet.
Anne-Marie Duguet has had an immense influence on the production and study of video and media art in France through her seminars at the Art and Science of Art Department of the Sorbonne University (Paris 1), where she taught since the 1970s, supervising a large number of Ph.D. projects about art, aesthetics, and technology.

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FRANCE-ATLANTA 2019 / School of Architecture - Georgia Tech

This event showcases the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award which is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.

The prestigious award went to the French Lacaton & Vassal architectes, Frédéric Druot Architecture, and Christophe Hutin Architecture for their Grand Parc Bordeaux transformation project of 530 apartments in France, and the Toulouse-based BAST – Bureau Architectures Sans Titre won the ‘Emerging Architecture Prize‘ for their School Refectory in Montbrun-Bocage, a small village in Haute-Garonne, France. During BAST’s residency in Atlanta, the team had a workshop with architecture studio students and gave a public talk on October 23, 2019.

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Book Charlie Michel published by Edinburgh University Press, "French Blockbusters, Cultural Politics of a Transnational Cinema"

-The first book-length consideration of recent popular films that are rapidly changing what it means to make - or see - a 'French' film today
-Offers new ways to think about the transnational dimensions of the contemporary French film industry
-Brings industrial history, film aesthetics and film reception into fruitful conversation with one another


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After 18 unforgettable days, this year's Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has come to a close. Over 38,000 moviegoers celebrated the festival's 20th anniversary, partaking in a showcase of extraordinary international cinema, enhanced by the unique perspective of filmmakers and countless other expert guest speakers.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is also pleased to announce this year’s Audience Awards and Jury Prizes.

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The 2010s decade has come to a close, leaving behind some incredible French and francophone cinema. Here are some titles that we recommend and that are available currently to view through different streaming services!

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TV5MONDE is the premier source for movies in French broadcast in the US. Along with our premium programs and entertainment, we pride ourselves of showcasing the very best of French language cinema from across the globe.

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Sarah Turquety's original poetic accompaniment for if... a memoir, choreography by Sue Schroeder of Core Dance.

Engaging questions of human freedom alongside human limitations and its direct link to the current crisis on our planet, if… a memoir is a love song written for humanity. if… a memoir is an evening-length, physical theater/choreo-poem, revealing a performance literature that is bold, straightforward, expressive and timeless.  An immersive performance developed out of artistic questioning, if… a memoir is an exploration into the inseparable connection between our humanity, the earth and our future. Actively linked to the performance experience and ensuing dialogue, the artists engage with the local audience and community to create a collective act to address local issues and concerns. Over the performance life of if… a memoir, input and knowledge collected from audiences will be paid forward to future audiences and communities where if…a memoir will be performed.

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The Beninese artist Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Célia at the 62nd Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020. With four Grammys total in her pocket, Kidjo is a musical superstar you don't want to miss.

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By hearing the personal stories of prominent artists and professionals who immersed themselves in France—whether intellectually or by living abroad—we’ll gain insight into how our countries are the same, and how they differ, on pressing topics including Me Too, climate change, and cultural appropriation—and much more.

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Once a month, explore geopolitical issues and get behind the scenes of the French diplomatic and consular missions in Washington D.C.
Multilateralism, world powers, strategic affairs, diplomat’s daily life but also, expatriation, French-American cultural activities in Washington, fun facts… all of this and more will be in the mix on this podcast.
So turn up the volume or put on your headphones and be part of our new audio project.

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The Prix Albertine Jeunesse is a reader’s choice award in which children ages 3 to 14 years vote for their favorite book from a selection of works of Francophone youth literature that are available in English translation. The prize seeks to reinforce the practice and love of reading in both French and English.

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By Negar Djavadi

Translated by Tina Kover
In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, Kimiâ Sadr recalls her family history. As she sits alone amid couples, family narratives and personal recollections mix as her thoughts wander from her grandmother’s birth in a late 19th-century harem in northern Iran through her childhood in Tehran to her present incarnation as a 25-year-old French-Iranian punk fan.
In this spirited, kaleidoscopic tale, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph.


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Among the five shortlisted titles, Not One Day triumphed after a five-month nationwide vote. Author Anne Garréta and translator Emma Ramadan were presented with the $10,000 prize at the ceremony on June 6 by the Albertine Prize co-chairs, Lydia Davis and François Busnel.

Anne Garréta, author and winner of the 2018 Albertine Prize, answered a few questions at the Albertine bookstore in New York.

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