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About this course

We provide you with unusual guided visits of museums specializing in painting, sculpture, architecture, as well as French and international institutions. We also give you the opportunity to find out more about the French handcraft thanks to visits of different workshops relating to tapestries, perfume and luxury products. All of our visits are led by highly experienced and English-speaking guides.

Alternatively, if you want to get to know Paris better, why not join one of our experienced guides on a walking tour of specific locations. We offer themed walks though Paris. They will guide you through the back streets of Paris, typical markets, hidden courtyards, passages and interesting buildings. Our guides will show you traces of earlier times while telling you about the events that happened there and the people who once lived there. You are guaranteed to learn something new about Paris on every walk.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 42
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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
    • 23
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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

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 25
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    Yellowstone National Park - NPS Special Presentation - FREE for members and our guests.

    Join park rangers from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA for an introduction to the unique landscape and history of the first national park in the United States. 

    Named a National Park in 1872, Yellowstone is one of the most popular parks in the US, well known for its geothermal features and wildlife.  Old Faithful, a geyser that faithfully erupts on a predictable schedule  and the  thermal hot springs attract millions of visitors each year .  In addition to being a National Park, Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. 

    Yellowstone National Park preserves an extraordinary collection of hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles. More than 10,000 hydrothermal features are found here, of which more than 500 are geysers.

    The park is  also home to a fascinating variety of animals including Grizzly bear, black bear, wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, moose, big horn sheep and white tailed deer.

    This event is made available through a special arrangement with the National Park Service for WICE members and our guests. 

    https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm 

    Photo Credit: Public Domain


    • 23 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 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

    • 07 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote on-line
    • 34
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    Bryce Canyon National Park - NPS Special Presentation - Free for Members and our Guests

    Join park rangers from Bryce National Park in Utah in the western US for a tour of this specular display of geological wonders.

    Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos.

    Hoodoos  (irregular columns of rock) exist on every continent, but here is the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, the park's high elevations include numerous life communities, fantastic dark skies, and geological forms that defy description.

    Over two million visitors come to experience the otherworldly magic of Bryce Canyon National Park each year.  Through special arrangements with the Park Service, WICE members can explore this natural playground from the comforts of home. 

    Photo Credits:  National Park Service

Past events

25 Feb 2021 VF251: Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Art: The Contributions of Women Artists in Art History Part 1
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
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)
15 Oct 2020 VO151 Walk: Luxembourg Garden and Its Surroundings
24 Sep 2020 VS241 Promenade Along Paris Bridges: Pont Neuf to Alexandre III Bridge
24 Mar 2020 VM241 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
19 Mar 2020 AM191 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Matignon
06 Mar 2020 VM061 An Unusual Museum: The Museum of 30’s in Boulogne-Billancourt
24 Feb 2020 VF241 La Sorbonne University: A Symbol of Parisian Prestige
24 Jan 2020 VJ241 The Balzac Museum: A Legendary and Intimate House
13 Jan 2020 VJ131 The Hôtel de Lauzun: A "Must See" Mansion
19 Dec 2019 VD191 THE BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An Exceptional Historic Site
12 Dec 2019 AD121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
04 Dec 2019 VD041 The Foreign Missions Society of Paris: An Unusual Site in the 7th District
18 Nov 2019 VN181 The 19th Century Private Apartment of a French Philosopher
14 Nov 2019 AN141 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
07 Nov 2019 VN071 An Exclusive Visit of Hermes in Saint-Germain des Prés
16 Oct 2019 VO161 Paris and its Universal Exhibitions: An Architectural Promenade
10 Oct 2019 AO101 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
10 Oct 2019 VO101 The Domaine of Coubertin: A Must-See Park of Sculptures
08 Jul 2019 VL081 Marais Fashion Tour
06 Jun 2019 VU061 Architectural Walk in the 16th District: From Le Corbusier to Guimard through Mallet-Stevens
24 May 2019 VY241 The Amazing Père Lachaise Cemetery
13 May 2019 VY131 La Butte aux Cailles: a Charming Walk in the 13th District
17 Apr 2019 VA171 Musée de la Légion d'Honneur: An Exceptional Collection
06 Apr 2019 AA061 Visit Chateau d’Hardelot with Author Stephen Clarke
03 Apr 2019 VA031 THE BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An Exceptional Historic Site
27 Mar 2019 VM271 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
11 Mar 2019 VM111 A Private Visit of La Ruche
11 Feb 2019 VF111 The Prestigious Premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
09 Jan 2019 VJ091 The Museum of the Romantics and the New Athenes District
03 Dec 2018 VD031 Walk: Picpus Cemetery and the Nation District: An Historical Walk in the 12th District
14 Nov 2018 VN141 An Exclusive Visit of Hermes
07 Nov 2018 VN071 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hôtel de Ville
20 Oct 2018 VO201 The Hôtel de Lauzun: A "Must See" Mansion
10 Oct 2018 VO101 The New Camille Claudel Museum
15 Jun 2018 VU151 Le Chateau de Maisons Lafitte: an architectural masterpiece of Mansart
30 May 2018 VY301 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Right Bank
16 May 2018 VY161 Museum Nissim de Camondo: a fascinating museum
03 May 2018 VY031 Belleville and Menilmontant: another facet of Paris
11 Apr 2018 VA111 The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An exceptional historic site
07 Apr 2018 VA071 Paris Mosque and the Botanical Garden (Jardin des Plantes)
19 Mar 2018 VM191 Resistance and the Liberation of Paris
05 Mar 2018 VM051 The Hotel de Lauzun: a 'must see' mansion
05 Feb 2018 VF051 The Prestigious Premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
23 Jan 2018 VJ231 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
27 Nov 2017 VN271 The Montagne Sainte Geneviève and the History of the Universities and Colleges of Paris
15 Nov 2017 VN151 The Church and the Monastery of the Val de Grace and Its Fascinating Museum
09 Nov 2017 VN091 Parc de la Villette (Cancelled-Undersubscribed)
12 Oct 2017 VO121 The New Camille Claudel Museum
08 Jun 2017 VU081 Saint Denis Royal Basilica: A Jewel of Gothic Art
22 May 2017 VY221 A Private Visit of La Ruche
09 May 2017 VY091 The Chaillot Hill and the Architecture of the 1930’s
27 Apr 2017 VA271 Art Nouveau Architecture in the 16th arrondissement
04 Apr 2017 VA041 Arsenal Library: Part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
11 Mar 2017 VM111 La Sorbonne University: A Symbol of Parisian Prestige
23 Feb 2017 VF231 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hôtel de Ville
12 Jan 2017 VJ121 MUNDOLINGUA : a unconventional and educational Museum of languages
06 Jan 2017 AJ061 Josephine and the Bonaparte family
08 Dec 2016 VD081 Musée Prefecture de Police: a unique and intriguing Museum
02 Dec 2016 AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century
28 Nov 2016 VN282 African-American Paris, Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf
25 Nov 2016 AN251 Paris and its sumptuous hôtels particuliers
16 Nov 2016 VN161 A private collection of art lovers in their home
12 Nov 2016 VN121 Hôtel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
07 Nov 2016 VN071 The prestigious premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
18 Oct 2016 VO182 The People's Paris: from La Republique to Buttes Chaumont
04 Oct 2016 VO041 The Villa Savoye and the Historic Downtown of Poissy
10 Jun 2016 VU101 Paris Walks - The Village of Montmartre
03 Jun 2016 VU031 Chateau de Malmaison: a Fascinating Napoleonic Museum
27 May 2016 VY271 Paris Walks - The Two Islands: Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis
21 Apr 2016 VA211 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
04 Apr 2016 VA041 Paris Walks - Fashion and Historical Tour: Palais Royal - Les Halles - Le Marais
23 Mar 2016 VM231 Museum of Counterfeiting: a unique museum
11 Mar 2016 VM111 Paris Walks: Discover the architecture of today in the centre of Paris
29 Feb 2016 VF291 The prestigious premises of Hotel France Ameriques: a private visit
18 Feb 2016 VF181 Hotel De Soubise: The Finest Private Mansion in Marais district
16 Jan 2016 VJ161 Hotel de la Paiva: The Sumptuous Mansion of the ‘Courtesan of the Champs Elysees’
09 Jan 2016 VJ091 Hotel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
17 Nov 2015 VN171 Paris Walks - Theater District and the Arcades
04 Nov 2015 VN041 A Private Visit of La Ruche
13 Oct 2015 VO131 Hotel de Guenegaud: a beautiful, unique and eclectic museum
13 Jun 2015 VU131 Paris Walks - The Unknown, Exotic, & Esoteric 7th Arrondissement
26 May 2015 VY261 Paris Walks - Jefferson, Franklin & the American Founding Fathers
21 May 2015 VY211 The Arsenal Library: Part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
16 May 2015 VY161 Paris Walks - Buttes Chaumont Quartier
10 Apr 2015 VA101 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées : A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
25 Mar 2015 VM251 Paris Walks - Jardin du Luxembourg and Surroundings
18 Mar 2015 VM181 Hotel De Soubise: The finest private mansion in Marais district
12 Mar 2015 VM121 French Royal Tapestries at the Manufacture des Gobelins
04 Mar 2015 VM041 Paris Walks - French Revolution on the Right Bank
29 Jan 2015 VJ291 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
03 Dec 2014 VD031 Curie Museum: An Historic Site
20 Nov 2014 VN201 Hotel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
06 Nov 2014 VN061 A Private visit of La Ruche
16 Oct 2014 VO161 A Unique Opportunity to Visit the Sainte-Genevieve university library
14 Oct 2014 VO141 Paris Walks - The Jewish History of Paris
09 Oct 2014 VO091 Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris : Heritage and Architecture
07 Oct 2014 VO071 Commemorative WWI Paris Walk - Suresnes Memorial
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
20 Sep 2014 VS201 Paris Walks - Art Nouveau in Paris
19 Jun 2014 VU191 Paris Walks - Père Lachaise Cemetery
11 Jun 2014 VU111 The Romantic Parc Bagatelle: Visit With a Botanist
03 Jun 2014 VU031 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
24 May 2014 VY241 Hotel de la Paiva: The Sumptuous Mansion of the ‘Courtesan of the Champs Elysees’
29 Apr 2014 VA291 Paris Walks - Writers and Artists of the Left Bank
22 Apr 2014 VA221 The French Senate: Amazing and Unique Architecture
01 Apr 2014 VA011 An Exclusive Visit of HERMES
29 Mar 2014 VM291 Paris Walks - Paris in the Middle Ages
25 Mar 2014 LM251 Perfume Workshop: Searching for Scent in Paris
18 Mar 2014 VM181 Paris Walks - Theatre District and Arcades
07 Mar 2014 VM071 Museum Nissim de Camondo and History of Parc Monceau
04 Mar 2014 LM041 Paris Lingerie Tour: Behind the Seams of French Lingerie
11 Feb 2014 VF111 Théatre des Champs Élysées : a 20th century architectural jewel
06 Feb 2014 VF061 Cognacq-Jay Museum: a 18th century exceptional collection of Decorative Arts
21 Jan 2014 VJ211 Behind the Scenes Visit: the Must-See Harcourt Studio of Photography
15 Jan 2014 VJ151 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
10 Dec 2013 VD101 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hotel de Ville
04 Nov 2013 VN041 Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine : Art déco, "Made in France" style, exhibition
19 Oct 2013 VO19 Paris Walks - Gallo-Roman Lutetia
17 Oct 2013 VO171 Musée de la légion d'honneur: an exceptional collection
10 Oct 2013 VO101 The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris : Heritage and Architecture
16 Apr 2013 LA161 Paris by Arrondissement - the 18th
17 Jun 2011 AU171 A Day Away at Giverny: The Monet Foundation and the Museum of Impressionisms
26 Apr 2011 LA261 Paris by Arrondissement - the 19th
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