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Cultural Studies

Welcome to WICE's Cultural Studies department.  We are pleased to offer a variety of events covering history, culture and the arts – past and present, French and beyond.  Our program also includes outings to films, exhibitions and performing arts events.  All are presented by experts in the field in an intimate setting inviting discussion and further exploration.  

WICE Lite - Free of charge
This series of informal talks at the WICE Office take place after work hours. Listen to a presentation by someone who has a passion to share, an unusual job or interest, or a special area of expertise.

Please feel free to contact us at culturalstudies@wice-paris.org with any questions, ideas and thoughts.


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Upcoming cultural study courses

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Eglise Protestante Unie du Saint Esprit, 5 rue Roquépine, 75008 Paris: metro St Augustin
    • 16
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    A major figure  on the French musical scene in the latter third of the 19th century, César Franck was both a pianist and an organist, but it was the organ which particularly fascinated him and contributed significantly to his living and his reputation.  Besides teaching and performing on this instrument, he also composed for it. As a composer he is credited with resuscitating French music, which had been quite thrown off-balance by the stormy outputs of Wagner and Liszt. This session will focus on the development of Franck’s musical language, mirrored in his famous Six Pièces for Organ (1868).  Demonstrations of Franck’s mastery will take place on an extraordinary historical organ, thanks to our instructor, organist in the church where it is installed, and who will also introduce us to the historical concert harmonium of which few examples survive.


    About the instructor:  American organist Dr. Kurt Lueders has been an organist at the Holy Spirit Protestant Church in Paris since 1991.  A former student of well known French composer/ organist Maurice Duruflé, he is the author of articles on many music-related subjects, and has taught, lectured, translated and published works pertaining to the organ and its repertory. He has several CDs to his credit (AEolus and Hortus labels) and has even advised on organ building projects in Europe.


    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • meet at Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris: metro Mabillon
    • 6
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    City Art InsiderThis gallery walk is a behind the scenes look at the contemporary art world, and will introduce you to some of the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene.  


    Beneath the golden cupola of the L’Académie française and close to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, our visit will take you to a section of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a long tradition in the arts. You’ll see top galleries representing modern and contemporary art, plus galleries specializing in antiques, Art Deco, Fifties furniture and contemporary furniture. This mix of history, art and design is a delight for any art lover or anyone interested in learning more about the arts.   


    About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
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    As Charles De Gaulle once said "How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?" And how can another country maintain a well-balanced and equanimous relationship with the Hexagon -- especially the often un-united United States?  Hence our round table objective: to try to clarify both the nature of each crucial decade in France from the last odd 40 years and to explore and discover the nature of the Franco-American relationship in each era.  Concise, pertinent film and textual materials will be used as the basis of our fascinating discussions.


    About the Instructor: John Dean, Professor Emeritus of MC University of Versailles, France,  is an American by birth, and a resident of France for over 40 years.  He is currently Program Co-Director, der Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung in Dillingen, DE. and was formerly an Executive Member of the US American Studies Association International Committee, a Chercheur Centre d'Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines, UVSQ.

    • 04 Apr 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 13
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    What is the first thought the name Shostakovich evokes for you?  Pravda, the Communist party newspaper, once published an article accusing Shostakovich of creating a "bedlam of noise," and indeed, he often jars us with dissonant harmonies and unfamiliar melodic techniques.  Actually, it is a miracle that we have so much music from him.  Growing up in the Soviet Union, where his music was greatly admired by the public yet severely attacked by the Stalinist press, he spent much of his life in constant fear of being rounded up, severed from his family, and sent to the Gulag.  He was even subject to arrest once, but only escaped it because the man assigned to arrest him was himself arrested!


    In this class, we will listen to excerpts from Shostakovich symphonies which demonstrate his determination to convey his own artistic idiom and his personal beliefs,  while bending to the constraints of the terrifying political climate  in which he composed.  A triumphant march:  is it really triumphant, or might it be sarcastic and weary, given where it is placed in the symphony?  A thrilling finale: is it racing with anticipation, or with absolute dread of what is to come next?  The emotional power of Shostakovich’s music can be overwhelming, and its capacity to shake us, move us, and to evoke such intense feelings is what sets him apart from so many others.


    About the Instructor:  Barney Johnson’s special love of Shostakovich’s music makes him uniquely qualified to share its treasures with WICE.  A  professional classical composer from New Jersey, Barney is currently pursuing advanced compositional studies at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. His music has been performed at the the National Opera Center, the Tenri Cultural Institute and Symphony Space, all in N.Y.C., and has taught music appreciation at several U.S. colleges.
    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Meet at café La Coupole, 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
    • 8
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    City Art InsiderPerhaps more than any other neighborhood in Paris, Montparnasse has changed a lot since the last century, a time when artists were living and creating in the area. There are still a few places recalling those glorious days and this gallery walk will reveal them to you.


    The past meets the present at former artists’ studios like the Villa Vassilieff, now a contemporary art center, and a lithography studio where such artists as Matisse and Chagall worked. You will also visit a selection of contemporary art and photography galleries that showcase the creations of artists working today.  

    About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

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