The Other Side of the Square: Post–World War II French Art Scenes and All That Jazz!
Monday, October 29, 7 pm
La Maison Française, NYU
16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
Serge Guilbaut, Professor of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, University of British Columbia, will offer an analysis of the French cultural scene out of which geometric abstraction managed, after a difficult start, to become visible and even at times dominant in the late 1950s. Discussing the many diatribes and antagonistic aesthetic positions—which in Paris were often related to specific worldviews if not political positions—he will explore the utopian social square versus the individual gesture developed in the tumultuous context of the Cold War at the dawn of consumerist culture.
Supported by the Fundación Cisneros and Professor Herman Berkman. Co-sponsored by NYU’s La Maison Française and Grey Art Gallery. Information:
212/998-8750, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.