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Cultural Studies

Welcome to WICE's Cultural Studies department.  We are pleased to offer a variety of events covering history, culture and the arts – past and present, French and beyond.  Our program also includes outings to films, exhibitions and performing arts events.  All are presented by experts in the field in an intimate setting inviting discussion and further exploration.  

Please feel free to contact us at culturalstudies@wice-paris.org with any questions, ideas and thoughts.


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Upcoming Courses

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting point TBD
    • 10
    Register

    Each year in March, the Paris art scene celebrates the medium of drawing with dedicated art fairs, and exhibitions in galleries, museums and temporary venues. We will explore this versatile medium and its various expressions by looking at works by artists from the 19th century to today, exhibited in beautiful art locations around the Palais-Royal.


    About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting point to be confirmed later
    • 8
    Register

    The Chateau d'Hardelot is home to the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale," a permanent exhibition curated by best-selling author Stephen Clarke.  This beautiful museum is set in a small French village that was popular with Charles Dickens when he needed to escape prying Victorian eyes to be with his mistress. 

    Clarke, who will lead this exclusive tour, describes the collaboration that resulted in the exhibition:  

    Back in 2012 the director of the Château d'Hardelot contacted me explaining that he intended to transform the temporary exhibition space into the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale" based on my book 1000 Years of Annoying the French.

    We began a very fruitful exchange during which I suggested historical events that needed to be depicted, and the director went off in search of paintings, furniture, statues and other objects in every auction house and museum in France, buying, borrowing and requisitioning. 

    The result is a spectacular permanent exhibition that opened in 2014, and includes a fire screen depicting Joan of Arc, cartoons both mocking and glorifying Napoleon, furniture that belonged to King Louis-Philippe--a great Anglophile who first used the phrase "cordiale entente"--and busts of Queen Victoria and Napoleon III, on whom she had something of a crush. 

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Stephen Clarke telling anecdotes about all this as you tour the Château. Transport to/from the train station in the historic fishing port Boulogne-sur-Mer, the museum entry fee and tour plus lunch are included in the fee. Full details will be available in late March. 

    About the Instructor: When he self-published A Year in the Merde in 2004, printing up just 200 copies, author Stephen Clarke never dreamed it would become a worldwide bestseller, translated into more than 20 languages.  Since then he has written 5 more "Merde" novels as well as several other books that offer a humorous perspective on France and the French. The Merde Factor, Stephen Clarke's popular stage adaptation of one of his best-selling "Merde" novels was presented as part of WICE's 40th birthday celebrations last year.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 10 May 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 13
    Register

    In his War Requiem, commissioned to commemorate the Second World War and first performed in 1962 at the consecration of the rebuilt famously bombed Coventry Cathedral, the British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) begged for peace and spoke defiantly against war. This work is not a typical requiem as English poems from the First World War by Wilfred Owen are scattered throughout the traditional Latin liturgical text. In composing this epic work, Britten was pressing for change and did not care what political leaders would think, even irritating the Soviet Union before the debut. He intensified his pacifist ideals and orchestrated the requiem with massive musical forces -- especially in the percussion section -- causing the powerful emotions aroused among the musicians to shake up the audience.

    Through this class, we will understand why this requiem is one of the few pieces composed after 1945, to be in such demand for performances today. Together we will take a journey into the mesmerizing world of Britten as well as into the anti-war verses by Owen which question morality. Their timeless messages, still so important in the twentieth-first century will surely resonate with us all!

    Live performances of this piece will take place on May 15 and 16 in Paris.

    About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 16 May 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting point: Beffroi entrance, 2 place Emile Cresp, Montrouge
    • 10
    Register

    This Salon for contemporary art is quite unique in Paris - being right at the exit of metro station Mairie de Montrouge, which, since it is only one stop after Porte d'Orleans on line 4, makes it "still" in Paris!  It presents young artists that aren't represented by galleries yet and has been in existence since 1955, so this year edition will be the 65th.  The artists are chosen by  jury of arts professionals based on their applications.  This year, 52 artists were selected, 31 women, 20 men and 1 collective, coming from France and 11 other countries.   If you want to discover the future stars of the art world before everyone else, come join us!

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting point: Centquatre entrance, 4 rue Curial
    • 10
    Register

    Circulation(s), the European Young Photography Festival, will present 30 photographers selected from all over Europe in the beautiful nave of Centquatre, located in the North of Paris, close to la Villette.  This visit will be an opportunity to discover new perspectives on Europe through photography, as well as the unique history of the handsome 19th century building, formerly the site of a  municipal undertaker and now a dynamic and very lively art center.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

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