The event features renowned authors Catherine Cusset, Camille Laurens, Scholastique Mukasonga, Chantal Thomas, and Valérie Zenatti, and performances by composer Olivier Glissant, pianist Jay Gottlieb, playwright Koffi Kwahulé, and violinist Gabriel Richard.

Agnès Troublé aka agnès b.
Agnès Troublé aka agnès b. (Photo Credit: Ryan McGinley)

La Maison Française of NYU will honor Agnès Troublé aka agnès b. at its annual Gala Benefit, to be held online on Wednesday, May 26. The event will raise funds for La Maison Française’s program of lectures, readings, conferences, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and special events.

One of the most active centers of cultural and intellectual exchange between the French-speaking world and the United States, La Maison Française has for over 60 years welcomed thousands of literary, artistic, scholarly, and political luminaries for events which are free and open to the public.

The Gala Benefit patrons include: Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the U.S.; Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations; Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York; Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy; and Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University.

The event features presentations by renowned authors Catherine Cusset, Camille Laurens, Scholastique Mukasonga, Chantal Thomas, and Valérie Zenatti, and performances by composer Olivier Glissant, pianist Jay Gottlieb, playwright Koffi Kwahulé, and violinist Gabriel Richard.

About the Honoree:

Agnès Troublé aka agnès b. is known internationally as a designer, philanthropist, and arts promoter.

agnès b. was born in Versailles. From her earliest days, her lawyer father shared with her his love of music and art, and her adolescent dream was to become a curator. At age 17, she married the publisher Christian Bourgois, a man passionate about books and cinema. She has always kept the initial of his last name which became her signature as a designer:  agnès b.  In 1973, she established her own brand and opened her first store in 1976 in a former butcher shop at 3 rue du Jour in Paris.  In 1984, she opened a gallery next door, the Galerie du Jour.  In 1997, the gallery moved to 44 rue Quincampoix and added a bookshop, La Librairie du Jour. In the same year, along with artist Christian Boltanski and curator Hans Ulrich-Obrist, she created a hybrid periodical, Point d’ironie, with 100,000 free copies that are today distributed internationally.

In 2018, the gallery and the bookshop became briefly nomadic, before joining La Fab., which opened on February 1, 2020, on Place Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. In this new building, designed by Augustin Rosenstiehl of Agence SOA Architects as social housing and intended as a place for all, agnès b. organizes thematic exhibitions in a 1,400 square meter space, drawn from her collection of over 5,000 artworks. Also located here are the Galerie du Jour agnès b., her famous bookshop, and the seat of the Fonds de dotation agnès b., devoted to social action and philanthropic solidarity.  agnès b. has, in addition, personally supported the scientific Fondation Tara Expéditions for 14 years.

La Maison Française of New York University
Virtual Gala Benefit honoring Agnès Troublé aka agnès b.

Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. online
Tickets are $500. or $750.
For more information, please see the website or contact: Francine Goldenhar at La Maison Française at francine.goldenhar@nyu.edu / 212.998.8751

About La Maison Française of New York University:
For over 60 years, La Maison Française of New York University has served as a major forum for cultural and intellectual exchange between the French-speaking world and the United States, offering contemporary perspectives on myriad French and Francophone issues.  Its rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and special events provides an invaluable resource to the university community, as well as the general public For more, please visit nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.

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