Jean-Louis Forain French, 1852-1931 Woman with a Mask and Black Gloves, 1894 Watercolor and gouache Les Arts Décoratifs, musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris; Photos Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris/ Jean Tholance
Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie parisienne
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Opens Sunday, June 26
This June, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee will welcome Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie parisienne, a retrospective surveying the Impressionist artist’s career, through more than 125 paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, and decorative works. The result of a collaboration with the Petit Palais, the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris, the Dixon is the only American location to host this exhibition.
A member of the Impressionist circle, Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) was the protégé of Edgar Degas and a mentor to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. As an avid chronicler of Parisian life, manners and the bourgeoisie, Forain’s works recorded the Paris of the Belle Epoque to the Roaring Twenties. He created paintings, pastels, drawings and political cartoons that chronicled fin-de-siècle Paris and Parisian society, from the racetrack, cafés, social gatherings or the street.
Patrick Jouin French, born 1967 S1 stool, from the SOLID series, 2004 Painted resin and polymide powder Produced by Laser Sintering
Modern by Design
The High Museum of Art
Opens Saturday, June 4
This month, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art welcomes new acquisitions to the museums collection, as well as the exhibition “Modern by Design”, presenting nearly 150 objects by more than 120 of the most influential artists and designers of the twentieth century (furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, product and industrial design). Among new acquisitions by the High is a furniture piece by French modern design master, Patrick Jouin—a stool that is part of his SOLID series (S1 stool), a groundbreaking collection of self-produced furniture designs resulting from his Rapid prototyping (RP) studies, a computer-aided mode of design production that uses a 3-D printer and lasers, cutting down on time and cost while merging the design and manufacturing processes
House of Chanel / Evening Dinner Suit, autumn/winter 2003/2004 Silk net lace over wool Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman
Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman
The Mint Museum Randolph
On view now through December 31, 2011
“Fashion passes, style remains,” once said the legendary French designer Coco Chanel, who is the subject of the Mint Museum Randolph’s exhibition opening May 21 in North Carolina. Fashion has certainly undergone some major highs and lows since 1925 when Coco Chanel first introduced her now legendary suit, featuring a collarless jacket and fitted skirt. Yet even today, the designer’s style of simple elegance remains relevant and influential. Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman, drawn entirely from the Mint’s Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress collection, which includes more than 50 designs from the House of Chanel, will present various pieces dating from the 1920s to the present, including a selection of suits, evening wear, handbags, eyeglasses, shoes, perfume, sketches and other fashion-related materials.
Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston
Wednesday, June 8 – Saturday, June 11
The Spoleto Festival 2011 presents Cédric Andrieux, an eponymous solo performance for French modern dancer Cedric Andrieux, choreographed by Jérôme Bel. It is a concept piece that looks at Andrieux’s career, beginning with his apprenticeship as a contemporary dancer in Brest, then at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Ville de Paris, and follows his work as a performer with Merce Cunningham in New York and more recently with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon. Cédric Andrieux consists of a monologue during which the dancer speaks about his work, animated by extracts of various dances he has performed throughout his career.
“An intriguing mix of introspection and deadpan humor, this autobiographical performance gives you plenty to ponder.” – Philadelphia City Paper
Midtown Arts Cinema
Starts Friday, June 3
A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge. The legendary French designer, Yves Saint-Laurent, who took over designing for the house of Christian Dior at age 21 went on to become one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. This unprecedented documentary provides an unnique look into his life and personality. The film, directed by Pierre Thoretton, features appearances by Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Catherine Deneuve.
Midtown Arts Cinema
Starts Friday, June 3 • one week
Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, The Extra Man) stars in his first French-speaking role opposite Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Cérémonie) in a stylish dramedy set in the scenic island of Corsica. Hélène, an attractive chambermaid at a luxury hotel becomes entranced with teaching herself how to play chess after observing an American couple engaged in the game. “Queen to Play is a lighthearted, grown-up fairy tale in which chess consumes Hélène’s imagination and transforms her life,” said the New York Times review. Directed by Caroline Bottaro, the film is based on the critically-acclaimed novel, La Joueuse d’echec (The Chess Player), by Bertina Henrichs.
Woody Allen’s new romantic comedy, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in May, tells the story of a young engaged couple who become transformed during a trip to the City of Light. Gil (Owen Wilson), who is in Paris with his wife Inez (Rachel McAdams), is an idealistic writer, obsessed with his own fantasy of a Parisian dream, in a lost time. Each night at midnight, Gil is transported to 1920s Paris, where he encounters F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Huddleston), Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stroll), Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), and Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody). The all-star ensemble and dreamy settings have made the film a hit with critics and viewers alike.
Potiche, loosely translated to “trophy wife” in English, is director François Ozon’s retro-inspired French farce, set in 1977 and starring silver-screen legends Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Suzanne Pujol, played by Deneuve, takes over for her husband (Fabrice Luchini) the owner of an umbrella factory, after a fiasco with striking workers. The “trophy wife” then teams up with her former lover and leftist mayor Maurice Babin (played by Depardieu) to understand the intricacies of labor disputes and running the factory. “Funny, twisty, and sometimes bittersweet, Potiche is a fluffy good time, but not entirely insubstantial,” said the A.V. Club.
French brothers, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic LIVE in theatres
As part of the LA Phil LIVE initiative, award-winning French musicians and brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon will play four performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, June 2-5. The final performance on Sunday, June 5 will be broadcast to over 450 movie theaters across North America. The Capuçon brothers (Renaud, violin and Gautier, cello) are among the forefront of today’s young musical talents, hailed by the New York Times as “a noteworthy addition to the current Who’s Who in musical families.” Both have captured numerous international awards playing as soloists, with each other, or in chamber.
After the June 5 performance, Dudamel will answer questions on-screen that come right from the viewing audience. Fans are encouraged to email questions to Ask@LAPhil.com.
In addition to the Cultural Agenda, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta publishes a monthly newsletter, an educational bulletin for teachers of French, and is now adding a scientific newsletter with information about scientific research and cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic.