La Maison Francaise at NYU Announces November Lectures, Performances, and Exhibitions

Through its rich and varied program in the areas of French culture and civilization, La Maison Francaise at New York University has long played a major role in the flow of intellectual currents between France and United States. During the month of November, La Maison Francaise will sponsor a number of distinctive events. Unless otherwise noted, these events take place at its home at 16 Washington Mews in Greenwich Village and are free and open to the public:

  • Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. Lecture: “La Légitimité en régime démocratique” by YVES CHARLES ZARKA, professor of political philosophy, Université de Paris Descartes (Sorbonne); founder and director, Cités. English transcript of lecture will be available.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 6:15 p.m. Lecture: “French Contemporary Cinema and the Music Video Effect” by LAURENT JULLIER, Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle; author of Lire les images de cinéma; Le Son au cinema. In English. Co-sponsored by La Maison Française and the Department of Cinema Studies. Location: Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway (between Waverly Place and Washington Place.), Rm.648.
  • Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. Air France Lecture: “Balzac, Restaurants, and Gastronomy” by ANKA MUHLSTEIN, writer; author of Napoléon à Moscou; A Passion for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine. In English. Followed by a conversation with OLIVIER MUHLER, Chef de Cuisine, DB Bistro Moderne.
  • Friday, November 6, 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion in English: Rethinking Nineteenth-Century French Studies: Rancière’s Nineteenth Century, with Bruno Bosteels, Cornell University; Patrick Bray, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Bettina Lerner, CUNY, City College; Gabriel Rockhill, Villanova University; Emily Apter, NYU.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. Florence Gould Event: “French Literature in the Making” with ERIC REINHARD, writer; author of Demi-sommeil; Moral des ménages; Existence; freelance editor/publisher of art books whose collaborators include choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, architect Christian de Portzamparc, and shoe designer Christian Louboutin. In conversation with writer and journalist OLIVIER BARROT. In French. Simultaneous translation available for this event.
  • Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Living Undocumented in Europe” with Awam Ampka, NYU; Smaïn Laacher, CNRS-EHESS; Miriam Ticktin, New School University; Laure Bereni, NYU.
  • Friday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Exhibition Opening: “Intertwined: French Hand-Painted Photographs, circa 1841-1889. Sara Cleary-Burns Collection.” This unique collection of hand-painted photographs, produced in Paris in the late 19th century, is on view for the first time in the United States. Mounted in their original frames, these images reveal the partnership of French painters and photographers at the beginning of a new art form. (Exhibition continues November 17 - December 18. M- F, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. “Remembering Christian Bourgois (1933-2007): A Celebration” Location: Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rm. 914. With Dominique Bourgois, Toni Morrison, Anka Muhlstein, Alan Pauls, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Barbara Epler, Jonathan Galassi, Uri Eisenzweig, Olivier Corpet, Victoire Bourgois, Tom Bishop, Breyten Breytenbach (most presentations in English).
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 16 & 17 Architecture and Urban Policy: “A French Season in New York / Une saison autour de l’architecture et de la politique urbaine.” Planners and policymakers from Paris and New York convene to discuss the major challenges of contemporary urban planning.
  • Monday, November 16, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Location: The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium: “Architecture and Urban Policy: A French Season in New York: Politics & Policies”. Participants include Amanda Burden, Jean-Louis Cohen, Mireille Ferri, Pierre Mansat, Tony Vidler.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, bet. Bleecker St. and West 3rd St. “Architecture and Urban Policy: A French Season in New York: Plans & Programs.” Participants include Rohit Aggarwala, Dominique Alba, Emeline Bailly, Rick Bell, Adrien Benepe, Annick Bizouerne, Jean-Louis Cohen, Alexandre Chemetoff, Antoine Grumbach, David Mangin, Sherida Paulsen, Alex Washburn, and Tom Wright.
    Additional details available on following webpages here and here.
    Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and Center for Architecture; the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; and La Maison Française of New York University.
  • Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. Florence Gould Lecture: Eugène Ionesco Centennial (1909-1994), with MARIE-FRANCE IONESCO, “L’œuvre de mon père et son essai Pourquoi j’écris”. In French.
  • Monday, November 23, 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. Theater Performance: Eugène Ionesco Centennial (1909-1994). “Requiem pour Ionesco” Based on Le Roi se meurt (Exit the King) and L’Impromptu de l’Alma (Improvisaton or The Shepherd’s Chameleon). In French and English. Directed by Cécile Cotté; Music by Stéphane Scott. With NYU students Brian Miskell, Lindsay Phillips, Rebecca Davis, Daniele Ciandella, Lindsi Seegmiller, Olivier Ames, Steven Northrup, Dawn Glaves. Reservations: 212-998-8750 or

La Maison Française is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The building re-opens a half-hour before evening programs. All events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise indicated. To join the Maison Française Event Announcement list, please send a blank e-mail to: For further information, call 212.998.8750.

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