The Grey Art Gallery, New York University
and the Musée d’arts de Nantes present

A Colloquium in conjunction with planning for their future exhibition
Americans in Paris: Artists in the City of Light, 1946–1968 (working title)

Short talks addressing various topics—including visual arts,
literature, and jazz—will be followed by informal discussions.

Friday, June 7, 2019
10:00 am–5:10 pm
NYU Paris
57 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris

10:00 am: COFFEE

10:30 am: Welcome
Beth Epstein, Academic Director, NYU Paris

10:35 am: Opening Remarks
Sophie Lévy, Director and Chief Curator, Musée d’arts de Nantes
Debra Bricker Balken, Co-curator of Americans in Paris

10:50 am: SESSION 1, moderated by Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and Co-curator of Americans in Paris
Elisa Capdevila, History, CHCSC, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
American Bohemians in Paris
Rashida K. Braggs, Africana Studies, Williams College
African American Jazz Musicians Made Visible
François Noudelmann, Philosophy, Université de Paris VIII
Sartre, Beauvoir, and Their Interactions with American Artists, Writers, and Musicians

12:10 pm: Discussion and questions

1:00 pm: LUNCH BREAK

3:00 pm: SESSION 2, moderated by Debra Bricker Balken
Valerie Mercer, Detroit Institute of Arts
African American Artists in Postwar Paris
Nelcya Delanoë, History, Université de Paris X
261 Bd. Raspail, from The American Center for Students and Artists to Le Centre Américain, 1946–1968
Natalie Adamson, Art History, University of St. Andrews
Sam Francis and Paris in the 1950s

4:20 pm: Discussion & questions

Saturday, June 8, 2019
2:30–6:30 pm (followed by reception)
The American University of Paris
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

2:30 pm: Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Celeste Schenck, President, The American University of Paris
Lynn Gumpert

2:40 pm: SESSION 3, moderated by Sophie Lévy
Julia Robinson, Art History, NYU
A New Charge for Abstraction—Robert Breer in Paris, 1949–1959
Nicholas Boggs, English, NYU
James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney
Marin Sarvé-Tarr, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Joan Mitchell and Her Circle in Paris and Their Reception by French Critics

4:00 pm: Discussion & questions

5:00 pm: Sheila Hicks, Artist
In conversation with Lynn Gumpert and Sophie Lévy

6:00 pm: Q&A

6:30 pm: RECEPTION

RSVP is required. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Photo ID required at the door. Program subject to change.

Support for the colloquium is provided by Terra Foundation for American Art; Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost, New York University; The American University of Paris; and NYU Paris.


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