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Cultural Studies


About this course

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 04 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • REMOTE on Zoom
    • 18
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    Part 1 of a 2 part lecture series on The Contribution of Women in Art History (Painting and Sculpture)

    The Representation of the Nude in Western Painting: 

    The nude is an enduring tradition in Western art and has always been a major theme for many artists. After a period of semi dormant representation during the Middle Ages, it became a constant preoccupation at the Renaissance. During the modern era, many artists are no longer interested in depicting the ideals and traditions of the past.

    Lecture 1: February 25 - From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

    Lecture 2: March 4 - During the 19th and the 20th centuries

    When you register for this first 2 part segment of the lecture series of four sessions, a 10 euro discount code will be included in the registration confirmation email that can be applied towards registration for the second segment of two more lectures in this series: 

    Part two of the series: Women Artists and Their Art https://www.wice-paris.org/event-4159191

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 43
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    You probably know that Manhattan was built on rocks and swamps, but do you know how the city we know today was made? It’s one thing to imagine the wooden homes built by the Dutch in the mid-1600s, but quite another to understand how skyscrapers were constructed –early and recently---and why they aren’t everywhere. Why is there a grid of streets instead of an organic accumulation of old roads, as in Paris? What effect did Paris have on New York’s buildings? What impact did railroads have, and why are the stations where they are? Our instructor will take you on a trip through four centuries of urban design, legal constraints, city planning, and architectural form, culminating in today’s thinking about ecological concerns, climate change, and the potential effects of the pandemic.

    Carol Herselle Krinsky, a Smith graduate with a Ph.D; from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, has been Professor of Art History at NYU since 1965. She's the author of five books, is working on a sixth, has earned national and university teaching awards, and has been President of several scholarly organizations concerned with architecture and art. She has also been a guest professor elsewhere in the USA, and in Mexico, Germany, Belarus, and Tatarstan, and has lectured in ten European countries.

    Photo Credit: Library of Congress

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 18 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • REMOTE on Zoom
    • 24
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    Part 2 of a 2 part lecture series on The Contribution of Women in Art History (Painting and Sculpture)

    Women Artists and Their Art:  for centuries, women were discouraged from exerting their art, although they were talented and contributed to art history. During the Renaissance, Artemisia Gentileschi  was the first to receive recognition. In the 19th century, in France, the Academy banned women. In the 20th century, some of the most prominent artists were women.

    Lecture 1: March 11 - late 19th century

    Lecture 2: March 18 - 20th century

    Register for Part 1 of the Series to receive a discount on this two-part section of the series: VF251: The Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Art.  https://www.wice-paris.org/event-4160698 

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote on-line
    • 29
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    As you stroll through Paris, how often have you stopped to admire the many sculpted angels which adorn the city’s doorways and monuments?

    Rosemary Flannery, author and photographer, will lead you through a fascinating on-line tour to view extraordinary angels in architecture: carved in stone, imaged in mosaic, cast in bronze, painted on panels and sculpted in sandstone throughout the city. Appearing from the time of the Crusades to the 20th century, the angels reflect every artistic movement – from Gothic to Renaissance, to Rococo and the Second Empire to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and more. You will tour virtually the streets of Paris, viewing the creations of renowned artisans and sculptors on monuments, chapels, sundials, lightning rods, carriage doors and opera steps. The angels are part of the visual poetry of Paris, and tell the history of the city along with the stories of the kings, queens and architects who commissioned them.

    Part 1: Artistic styles in sculpture and architecture in Paris from the Middle Ages to Louis XIV and Louis XV; changes wrought due to the French Revolution; the First Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte and reconstruction under Louis-Philippe and the July monarchy

    Rosemary Flannery, an American in Paris, has been part of the scene here since 1989. Passionate about art and architecture, she has worked as a tour guide, produced an internet radio show on the arts, and is also an artist. Walking through the streets of the city, she noticed angels depicted in the most unexpected places, echoing her impression that enchanting Paris is an enchanted city. Her research reveals fascinating information about Parisian architecture and history, which she loves sharing through her tours, lectures and her book: The Angels of Paris: An architectural tour through the history of Paris (The Little Bookroom NYC, 2012) ; Les Anges de Paris: un voyage architectural au coeur de Paris (Editions Guy Tredaniel, 2015).

    https://www.portraitsbyrosemary.com/

    Photo Credit: Rosemary Flannery

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote on-line
    • 29
    Register

    As you stroll through Paris, how often have you stopped to admire the many sculpted angels which adorn the city’s doorways and monuments?

    Rosemary Flannery, author and photographer, will lead you through a fascinating on-line tour to view extraordinary angels in architecture: carved in stone, imaged in mosaic, cast in bronze, painted on panels and sculpted in sandstone throughout the city. Appearing from the time of the Crusades to the 20th century, the angels reflect every artistic movement – from Gothic to Renaissance, to Rococo and the Second Empire to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and more. You will tour virtually the streets of Paris, viewing the creations of renowned artisans and sculptors on monuments, chapels, sundials, lightning rods, carriage doors and opera steps. The angels are part of the visual poetry of Paris, and tell the history of the city along with the stories of the kings, queens and architects who commissioned them.

    Part 2Artistic styles in sculpture and architecture during the Second Empire and the Haussmannian building boom; the 1889 World’s Fair (exposition universelle); the Belle Epoque and revisionist architecture of the turn-of-the-century, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, WWII and today’s Paris.

    Rosemary Flannery, an American in Paris, has been part of the scene here since 1989. Passionate about art and architecture, she has worked as a tour guide, produced an internet radio show on the arts, and is also an artist. Walking through the streets of the city, she noticed angels depicted in the most unexpected places, echoing her impression that enchanting Paris is an enchanted city. Her research reveals fascinating information about Parisian architecture and history, which she loves sharing through her tours, lectures and her book: The Angels of Paris: An architectural tour through the history of Paris (The Little Bookroom NYC, 2012) ; Les Anges de Paris: un voyage architectural au coeur de Paris (Editions Guy Tredaniel, 2015).

    https://www.portraitsbyrosemary.com/

    Photo Credit: Rosemary Flannery

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    Register

    The live event occurred on January 7th, 2021.  However, you can register to receive a link to view the recording (REPLAY), and you will receive the discount codes for the individual lectures.  The AF series runs  from January 14 to March 25.  

    France is a land of many splendored things, chief among them being the glorious chateaux which dot the Loire Valley and the Ile-de-France. Some started out as medieval stone donjons; others sprang to life as the magnificent Renaissance edifices built by the 15th and 16th century Valois kings, first in the Loire Valley and later in and around Paris; then came the the equally grand French Baroque style chateaux built around Paris by Bourbon royals and their peers.

    On January 7, 2021, WICE, with  lecturer Russell Kelley, and in partnership with the Alliances Françaises of Miami and Chicago, offered a quick romp through ten of these edifices .  At present, every Thursday from January 21 through March 25, an individual chateau  will be spotlighted by its curator, manager, or owner. To review the podcasts of the chateaux already presented, or to attend the upcoming lectures, follow this link:  

     https://www.af-miami.org/cultural-events_2020/upcoming-events/

    If you attended the January 7 WICE talk, a code enabling you to a reduction is available through the WICE Office.

    Photo credit: BEHN LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Past events

02 Feb 2021 WICE Talks: Florida Everglades - US Park Service Special Presentation FREE for Members
26 Jan 2021 VJ261 POST-WAR ARCHITECTURE in Paris and The Grand Projects
19 Jan 2021 VJ191 PARIS ARCHITECTURE: From Art Nouveau to Modern Art
12 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Whitman Mission - US Park Service Special Presentation. FREE for Members
05 Jan 2021 VJ051 Private Parisian Mansions: A Famous Element of French Heritage
15 Dec 2020 VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century
20 Nov 2020 VN201 PARIS ART AND ARCHITECTURE (Online 4-part Series)
17 Nov 2020 WICE Talk - Nez Perce Battle at Bear Paw - American History
12 Nov 2020 AN121 Ethiopia: A Land of Staggering Cultural Riches (Remote)
10 Nov 2020 AN031 Lecture: Symbols in Painting (New Date - Remote)
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
03 Jun 2020 WICE Special Film Screening - In The Name Of Your Daughter, and a Q&A with director Giselle Portenier.
10 May 2020 WICE Special Event: Harp Concert and Sing Along with Lauren Woidela
19 Mar 2020 AM191 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Matignon
29 Jan 2020 AJ291 Career Boost: How to Get a Job in France
17 Jan 2020 AD131 The Mystery of Mozart and his Requiem (New Date)
12 Dec 2019 AD121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
03 Dec 2019 AD031 The Wallace Fountains of Paris: Their Story
14 Nov 2019 AN141 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
15 Oct 2019 AO151 The Modern Harp and its Many Incarnations
10 Oct 2019 AO101 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
10 May 2019 AY101 Britten's War Requiem: A Musical Cry for Peace
06 Apr 2019 AA061 Visit Chateau d’Hardelot with Author Stephen Clarke
19 Mar 2019 AM191 The Sexual Demonization of Muslims in France’s “Banlieues”: Myth or Reality?
16 Mar 2019 AM161 Women in Occupied Paris
22 Feb 2019 AF221 Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel: Detecting Which is Which
21 Feb 2019 AF211 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
18 Jan 2019 AD141 Ludwig van Beethoven: A Musical Giant Composes Program Music …? (New Date)
12 Dec 2018 ED121 Christmas Sing-Along and Farewell to WICE 40
07 Dec 2018 AD071 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
16 Nov 2018 AN161 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Belleville
12 Oct 2018 AO121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
03 Oct 2018 AO031 Richard Wagner; Love Him or Loathe Him!
05 Jun 2018 AU051 Le Diner en Blanc: A Global Phenomenon
13 Apr 2018 AA131 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Old and New Meet in Montparnasse
04 Apr 2018 AA041 Dimitri Shostakovich: A Musical Response to Constant Fear
15 Mar 2018 AM151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
08 Mar 2018 AM081 César Franck: Organist Extraordinaire
15 Feb 2018 AF151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
12 Feb 2018 EF121 Live comedy show and meet the author: The Merde Factor by Stephen Clarke
07 Feb 2018 AF071 Johann Sebastian Bach: As Perfect as Perfect Can Be
20 Jan 2018 AJ201 Americans Sing Paris
14 Nov 2017 AN141 Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes
18 Oct 2017 AO181 Composer of the Month (December): Franz Liszt
17 Oct 2017 AO171 In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan: A Mongolian Adventure
28 Sep 2017 AS281 French War Brides: Mademoiselle and the American Soldier
27 Sep 2017 AS271 Introduction to Indian Painting
02 Jul 2017 AL021 Paris Screenwriting Workshop (CANCELLED)
10 May 2017 AY101 - CAN YOU STAND THE HEAT? Gender Bias in the Professional Kitchen
06 May 2017 AY061 Rodin Revisited: A Guided Tour of the Permanent Collection
13 Apr 2017 AA141 Discover Strasbourg and Berlioz!
29 Mar 2017 AM291 Detroit and the Cyclical Transformation of our Environments
09 Mar 2017 SM091 Contemporary Art Up-close
08 Mar 2017 AM082 Manufacturing: Beyond Just Machines
08 Mar 2017 AM081 Hector Berlioz: an Underappreciated Genius
25 Jan 2017 AJ251 To Glyndebourne with Love
18 Jan 2017 AJ181 The View of the World from Trump Tower
06 Jan 2017 AJ061 Josephine and the Bonaparte family
16 Dec 2016 AD161 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
07 Dec 2016 AD071 Mommy, What is a Sexologist?
02 Dec 2016 AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century
01 Dec 2016 AD011 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
25 Nov 2016 AN251 Paris and its sumptuous hôtels particuliers
16 Nov 2016 AN161 Helping Street Children in India: a volunteer recounts
07 Oct 2016 SO071 Art Collecting in Paris Fall 2016
05 Oct 2016 AO051 Life in a Migrant Camp: La Grande Sythe
01 Oct 2016 AO011 Paris Underground: Spies, Resistance and The Secret War Against the Nazis
22 Jun 2016 AU221 A Visit to an Animal Shelter
18 May 2016 AY181 Acting for Animals: The Story of a Shelter
24 Apr 2016 AA241 Myths and Legends at La Maison Jean Cocteau, Milly-la-Forêt
20 Apr 2016 AA201 Behind the Scenes at Le Cordon Bleu
08 Apr 2016 AA081 - The Lie - VIP Theater Event
01 Apr 2016 AA011 The Language of Paint: Talks on Art and Artists
25 Mar 2016 SM251 Art Collecting in Paris, Spring 2016
16 Mar 2016 AM161 Funding the Louvre: the Hunt for International Donors
10 Feb 2016 AF101 Internet Shams and Scams: How to Avoid Them!
30 Jan 2016 AJ301 A Visit to the Lourdes of Paris, The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
20 Jan 2016 AJ201 Led by her: A Path from Victimhood to Empowerment
22 Nov 2015 AN221 Henna Day: Talk on Oriental wedding traditions and beauty rituals at Café Maure
12 Nov 2015 AN121 Marie de Medicis: Queen of Spin
04 Nov 2015 AN041 - Green, Not Gray in Paris: Urban Gardens and Gardening Opportunities
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
23 Oct 2015 AO231: Traveling More Consciously & Staying Open to Life-Changing Experience: One Woman’s Journey
06 Sep 2015 FULL The Mysteries of Van Gogh Unveiled at the Village of Auvers-sur-Oise - Day Trip
28 Jun 2015 EU281 Café Maure de la Mosquée - Sweets & The Secrets of Eastern Culture
03 Jun 2015 SJ031---- Smartphone Photography Workshop IV
27 May 2015 AY271 - When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help
27 May 2015 SM271---- Smartphone Photography Workshop III
20 May 2015 SM201---- Smartphone Photography Workshop II
13 May 2015 SM131 Smartphone Photography Workshop I
06 May 2015 AY061 Escape from Abuse: A Woman's True Story
15 Apr 2015 AA151 Le Camion Qui Fume: A Hamburger Food Truck
12 Apr 2015 EA121 Passionate Love & "La Folie" at the Musée d'Orsay (FULL; call office for Waitlist)
26 Mar 2015 SM261---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part IV
19 Mar 2015 SM191---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part III
12 Mar 2015 AM122 Mobilizing for Youth in Kenya: Rafiki ya Maisha
12 Mar 2015 SM121---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part II
05 Mar 2015 SM052---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part I
11 Feb 2015 AF111 Black History in the Spotlight
30 Jan 2015 EJ301 Cocktail Hour at Café Marly - Palais du Louvre, plus Rhodes Exhibition
04 Dec 2014 AD041 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part II
20 Nov 2014 AN201 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part I
02 Oct 2014 AO021 --- Feminism & The Maternal in Contemporary Art
30 Sep 2014 AS301 --- Emile Zola, Social Activist in the Dreyfus Affair: “J’accuse!”
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
08 Jul 2014 AU081 --- Paris, A Crossroads: Kiki, Mendjisky, Hemingway and Man Ray.
17 Jun 2014 AU171 --- Angels of Paris: An Architectural Journey
10 Jun 2014 AU101 --- Montmartre Through The Ages: A Privileged Setting For Religion, History and Art
03 Jun 2014 AU031 --- How to Look at a Photograph
20 May 2014 AY201The Yanomani People and their Life in the Amazonian Rainforest
08 Apr 2014 AA081 Making the Most of Culture Clash
11 Mar 2014 AM111 Learn to Play the Piano in Just One Hour!
07 Mar 2014 AM071 How To Look At A Painting, The Representation Of The Artist In His Studio, History of Art
11 Feb 2014 AF111 A Thinking Persons's Guide to Better Movement
08 Feb 2014 EF081 - Early Bird - WICE Money Matters for Women 2014
13 Dec 2013 AD131 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, The Bruegel Dynasty
29 Nov 2013 AN291 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Braque
20 Nov 2013 AN201 Myths of Venice, History of Art
12 Nov 2013 AN121 Is Gun Culture Out of Control?
08 Nov 2013 AN081 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Masculin, Masculin
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