Parsons Paris Culture Picks: January

2015-Jan-culturepicksThe Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons Paris presents its top anglo-friendly culture picks in Paris. We’ll be sharing events, exhibitions, performances, talks, screenings, conferences and more, highlighting the ‘must-sees’ for English speaking students, faculty members, and other members of the Parsons Paris community… and anyone else who might be interested! To complement the Parsons Paris curriculum, we’ve cross referenced each event with related ADHT course offerings or academic programs. All of Paris is your classroom!


WHAT: Fragments, by Samuel Beckett
WHERE: The Bouffes du Nord Theater (37 bis, bd de La Chapelle, 75010 Paris)
WHEN: 6 – 24 January 2015
HOW MUCH: 18-30 € full price; 14-26 € under 26 yrs.
ESPECIALLY FOR: The whole community

Irish playwright, novelist, poet and director Samuel Beckett was among the most influential Modernist writers of the twentieth century. Writing in both English and French, he spent much of his life living in Paris – a point he shares with Fragments director Peter Brook, who breathed life back into the ruins of the Bouffes du Nord Theatre in 1974. Beckett’s play is in fact a series of short works for the stage, performed here in English with French subtitles and offering humorous, though somewhat dark, glimpses of human nature. Directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne.

WHAT: Medieval Morocco: An Empire from Africa to Spain (exhibition)
WHERE: The Louvre
WHEN: Until 19 January 2015
HOW MUCH: 13 €
ESPECIALLY FOR: Objects as History

Explore objects from the Islamic Empire that stretched across North Africa and into Andalucia from the 11th – 15th centuries. With breathtaking works spanning from architectural elements to textiles, decorative objects and calligraphy, discover the impact of this powerful civilization on trade, diplomacy and the cultural legacy of the region.

WHAT: La Fête du Graphisme
WHERE: All over Paris
WHEN: 7 Jan – 4 March
ESPECIALLY FOR: Graphic arts enthusiasts 

Beginning in early January, Paris will be dedicated to the graphic arts with the Fête du Graphisme festival taking over sites throughout the city with a series of exhibitions and events. For a full listing of exhibitions and locations visit the website above.


WHAT: Paris Musées Off
WHERE: 8 different museums throughout Paris
WHEN: 24th-25th January, 10:00 – 18:00

Eight out of the City of Paris’s fourteen municipal museums will be hosting a weekend of contemporary art in their spaces for the mini festival “Paris Musées Off”. Eight different artists have been invited to transform a museum, bringing their own perspective to its collections and identity. Make your way to some of the following museums to witness the result: the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Maison de Balzac, the Musée Carnavalet, the Maison de Victor Hugo, the Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Petit Palais, the musée Cognacq-Jay and the musée Cernuschi. Featured artists: Tigersushi, Raphael Henard, Mehdi Meddaci, Pierre Vanni, Gonzales, Les Cris de Paris, Léon Maret and Li Kunwu.


WHAT: National Gallery, a film by Frederick Wiseman
WHERE: The Louvre Auditorium
WHEN: 28 January, 19:00
HOW MUCH: 3 – 6 €; free for art students (with ID)
ESPECIALLY FOR: The whole community 

Have a look behind the scenes of London’s famous art museum in this documentary film by Frederick Wiseman as he learns about the treasures in its collections, the conservation methods used to restore them, and the internal politics involved in keeping the institution relevant for museum-goers today.


Compiled by Rebecca Cavanaugh, part-time faculty in ADHT. Learn more about the BA in Art and Design History and Theory (launching Fall 2015) and the MA History and Design of Curatorial Studies at Parsons Paris.