La Maison Française

For over sixty years, La Maison Française of New York University has served as a major forum for cultural exchange between the French-speaking world and the United States. Its rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, and festivals provides an invaluable resource to the university community, as well as the general public. One of the most active French centers on an American campus, La Maison Française of NYU is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the French Embassy in the United States.

A Rich History of Programming

Over its history, La Maison Française has welcomed thousands of literary, artistic, and intellectual luminaries.

It has always been a home for writers, from the authors of The Nouveau Roman such as Robbe-Grillet and Nathalie Sarraute, to Jean Genet who came with Black Panthers activists, and recently to Hélène Cixous, Dany Laferrière, and so many others today, from all around of the world.

In collaboration with Francophone partners, our yearly festival organizes exhibitions, debates, and performances. Eugène Ionesco was among the first Francophone guests of La Maison and today we continue inviting playwrights and directors who renew theater and staging.

Music is also a part of our regular activities and we have always invited performers and composers such as Pierre Boulez and recently Michael Levinas. By the way, do you know that La Maison Française has a wonderful piano, on which Francis Poulenc played?

A French-Speaking house in touch with the modern world

All the important trends of thought in French have passed through La Maison since 1957. And today we are very keen to introduce new generations of thinkers. After welcoming most famous philosophers, from Derrida, Foucault, to Julia Kristeva and Edouard Glissant, we have recently launched a series on 2020 philosophers, coming from all continents, who renew French thought.

La Maison Française is the place where the major intellectual, literary, and political issues of our time are discussed: we have initiated podcasts on “Thinking in Pandemic Times,” we confront difficult issues such as the misunderstandings between France and the U.S. on free speech and liberté d’expression. And we welcome political personalities, most recently President François Hollande as well as activists from ecologist movements.

A living place, inventive and free, in the heart of Manhattan, La Maison Française est votre maison.


Over its history, La Maison Française has welcomed hundreds of literary, artistic, and political luminaries, including Robert Badinter, Jean-Louis Barrault, Roland Barthes, Nadia Boulanger, Pierre Boulez, Jacques Chirac, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Genet, Françoise Gilot, Françoise Giroud, Eugène Ionesco, Pierre Mendès-France, François Mitterrand, Francis Poulenc, Michel Rocard, and Nathalie Sarraute. Recent distinguished guests include: Michel Butor, Hélène Cixous, Maryse Condé, Marie Darrieussecq, Antoine Gallimard, Serge Klarsfeld, Dany Laferrière, Philippe de Montebello, Amélie Nothomb, and Yasmina Reza.



Past Exhibits

Bouzbir and Résistants by Fatima Mazmouz

Photo Exhibit

In BouzbirFatima Mazmouz reappropriates colonial postcards featuring young Moroccan prostitutes in Bousbir, a military district in Casablanca. Exploring how the sexual exploitation of these women was integral to French domination, Mazmouz overlays a digital mosaic of tiny images of vulvas and uteruses. Résistants revisits the portraits of some key figures of Morocco’s anticolonial resistance. On these, Mazmouz overlays a grid composed of silhouettes of Super Oum, her superhero alter ego, taking up arms to bring about the Moroccan nation.


Location, Hours, and Contact

** Please note that many galleries and cultural houses are closed, or at reduced hours, due to Covid 19. Be sure to check on their websites before visiting**

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The building re-opens a half hour before evening programs. Sunday: closed

Holidays may impact regular hours of operation.  Check our website beforehand to be sure.