Parsons Paris Culture Picks: March

The 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: David Bowie Is (exhibition)
WHERE: Philharmonie de Paris 
WHEN: 3 March – 31 May 2015
HOW MUCH: Full rate:12 €; reduced rate (category 1): 9,60 €; reduced rate (category 2, including under 26 year olds): 6 €
ESPECIALLY FOR: The entire Parsons Paris community

This immersive experience into David Bowie’s world(s) has travelled from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to Paris’ new Philharmonie, via a stint in Berlin and Chicago (it’ll continue travelling around the world after it leaves us in May). Explore costumes, documents, objects and instruments, videos and musical extracts as you discover this enigmatic and multifaceted personality who’s had a profound impact on popular culture, breaking with conventions far beyond the bounds of music. This exhibition has the added benefit of offering visitors the chance to visit Jean Nouvel’s new Philharmonie de Paris – an architectural wonder that’s worth a detour in itself.

WHAT: Jeanne Lanvin (exhibition)
WHERE: Palais Galliera
WHEN: 8 March – 23 August 2015
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 9 €; reduced rate: 6 €
ESPECIALLY FOR: Fashion students; HDCS students

Paris’s oldest couture house still in operation is celebrated in this retrospective exhibition that will put an extensive selection of Lanvin garments on display, drawing from the collections of the fashion house and the Musée Galliera.

One of the most influential designers of the early twentieth century, Jeanne Lanvin’s legacy extended beyond the boundaries of fashion, reaching into other design realms such as interiors. Her collaborations with major Art Deco figures such as Paul Iribe and Armand Rateau were among the most fruitful cross-disciplinary design associations of the period (if you’re interested in exploring the Lanvin-Rateau collaboration further, check out the reconstruction of the couturière’s apartment at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs).

WHAT: PAD (Paris Art and Design) Fair
WHERE: Tuileries Gardens
WHEN: 26-29 March, 11am-8pm (open til 10pm Thurs and 6pm Sun)
HOW MUCH: 20 €; 10 € for students (with ID)

A commercial event celebrating 20th and 21st century art and design, this salon brings together international gallerists, design specialists and collectors, offering an overview of trends and highlights in the high-end contemporary design and decorative arts market.

WHAT: Homage to Robert Gardner: Screening Room
WHERE: Centre Pompidou, Forum -1
WHEN: 19-29 March, 7pm
HOW MUCH: Free access
ESPECIALLY FOR: Art, Media and Technology students; film enthusiasts

Anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and founder of Harvard’s Film Study Center, Robert Gardner created and hosted the American television series Screening Room, which aired from 1971-1982. Inviting independent filmmakers of all persuasions to discuss their works, Gardner introduced his viewers to the likes of Derek Lamb, Hollis Frampton and Richard Leacock (among many others). This series of screenings is for film buffs – or anyone who’s curious about seeing the world through the eyes of a filmmaker.

WHAT: Lumières, The Play of Brilliants (exhibition)
WHERE: Eléphant Paname Art and Dance Center, 10, rue Volney, 75002 PARIS
WHEN: 6 March – 31 May
HOW MUCH: Full rate 9€; reduced rate 7 €
ESPECIALLY FOR: Art, Media and Technology students; Design and Technology MFA students
HASHTAG: #experiencelumieres

The ten international artists featured in this exhibition may cross over between the fields of technology, art, design and architecture, but they all share light as their common medium. The installations presented here by curators Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective are ethereal, awe-inspiring and innovative… and only a short walk away from Parsons Paris!

WHAT: Liu Bolin: Recent Works (photo exhibition)
WHERE: Galerie Paris-Beijing, 62 rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris
WHEN: Opening 19 March; exhibition 19 March – 23 May
ESPECIALLY FOR: Photographers

Chinese performer, painter, sculptor and photographer Liu Bolin gained international recognition with his camouflage performance/photography series Hiding in the City, in which his painted body disappears into the urban fabric of the scene behind him. For his new exhibition at the Galerie Paris-Beijing, the artist will be showing recent works made over the last two years, as well as revealing the secrets behind his unique method of art-making. The new works tackle subjects such as environmental degradation and contamination, the meeting of eastern and western artistic and philosophical traditions and propaganda.

The artist will be present for the opening, during which he will stage a live performance (19 March, 6-7pm).



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.