This week will be a week filled with beautiful things, beginning with Elizabeth Lennard’s fascinating travels, the last Noureev ballet at the Opéra Bastille, a great auction at the Fondation Louis Vuitton to benefit the Secours Populaire at the end of the week, a charming book by Elaine Dundy, and finally an artists’ aside at the Musée d’Art Moderne.
- An Artist – Elizabeth Lennard
In her gorgeous boudoir on the Rue de Seine, Marie Victoire Poliakoff presents “Architecture and Friends,” featuring photography by Elizabeth Lennard.
Elizabeth Lennard was born in the United States, a cinematographer as well as a child of the Nouvelle Vague. The photos that she colors are all unique. In this exhibition, she speaks of the United States, her American dream in color, where she photographs the buildings that contrast with the old ruins she discovers. One of her trips was to follow in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville in the American desert: “15 Days in the Desert.”
Here, she features the people that she meets by presenting their portraits, including those of close friends like Marguerite Duras.
Elizabeth wears many hats, and one of her passions is cinema. She has directed many films: The Stein Family, The Making of Modern Art, Serge Poliakoff, and Meeting with Gisele Freund.
“Architecture and Friends” – until December 5
Galerie Pixi, Marie Victoire Poliakoff
95 Rue de Seine
Tel: 01 43 25 10 12
“One is more likely to think of Alain Resnais, and especially Marguerite Duras, as the eye strolls through these freeform narratives – fully printed rolls of film – making note of her word plays and observations, taking in her painterly “commentaries” along the way, that suggest a fleeting maquillage, a bit of tender color applied to the occasional pet moment. Resnais and Duras are the natural mentors of her acquired ‘Frenchness,’ along with that photographic patron saint, Eugene Atget, who first gave the twentieth century its concept of an endangered, quotidian Paris.” – Lisa Liebmann.
- One book : The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy – New York Review Books
Quite simply, this delightfully funny book is a book about living. Sally Gorce, a young American girl fresh out of college, heads to Paris for two years, a trip funded by her generous uncle who wishes for her to have an experience of a lifetime. The people and places she encounters during her time abroad highlight her naïveté, yet no obstacle will ever alter her impulsive tendencies…
- A Night at the Opera – La Bayadère
La Bayadère is a dream where everything is beautiful: the dancers, the decorations, the costumes, and of course Rudolph Noureev’s choreography in his last ballet.
The dancers’ solos are truly breathtaking! If you have the opportunity to see it, absolutely go!
“There is a way to bring old choreography to life: it’s by rediscovering the motivation for each movement; without doing that, it cannot have truth.” – Rudolph Noureev
Opéra Bastille – November 17-December 31
- An Auction at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
On Friday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m., we have Recto Verso, a blind auction organized by the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Artists gather and auction off their work to support Secours Populaire, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Fun fact: the buyers will not know the identity of the artist until after they purchase a work! All the pieces to be auctioned have an estimated price of around €150.
Auditorium de la Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne
Auctioneer Millon Robert
- “Apartés 2015 ” at the Musée d’Art Moderne
An aside by four artists including Isabelle Cornaro, Alain della Negra, Kaori Kinoshita, and Gyan Panchal choose works in the museum and put them on display along with their own works, which also have their turn in the collections. The chosen themes are sometimes shocking, such as that of “furries,” which is dealt with in the film “La tanière” directed by Alain della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita.
“To be ‘furry,’ it’s not about wearing a mask or donning a costume; it’s what remains when one takes off his human mask. It’s what’s inside.” – Mark Merlino, a veteran of the movement.
Exhibition curator: Jessica Castex
Musée d’Art Moderne
11 Avenue du Président Wilson
Musée d’art moderne Paris : http://www.mam.paris.fr/fr/expositions/exposition-apartes-2015
A very funny article about a journalist’s “Furries” experience: http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/25922/sex-the-single-squirrel.html
Florence Briat Soulie
Translated by Erica DeMichel, Wesleyan University, Vassar Wesleyan Program in Paris Fall 2015