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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
FIAF welcomes landscape designer Bas Smets to discuss his vision for redeveloping the historical landscape surrounding the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral. New York–based landscape architect James Corner joins Smets for this conversation moderated by Harvard professor Sara Zewde. The evening concludes with a wine reception.
Queer Maximalism and the French Rococo
FIAF and Opera Lafayette present a musical evening delving into the striking parallels between the classic extravagance of French Rococo style and the over-the-top aesthetic of Queer Maximalism. Featuring costume designer Machine Dazzle, art historian Meredith Martin, tenor Oliver Mercer, musician Avi Stein, and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, along with moderator Ryan Brown, founder and artistic director of Opera Lafayette.
The Future of Fashion
President and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation
Followed by a Q&A and Networking Session
Conversation moderated by Erwan Rambourg
Patrice Louvet, President and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation, joins author and business analyst Erwan Rambourg for a conversation about French-American fashion, sustainability, and other issues currently facing the luxury retail market.
Tribute to Virgil Abloh
Followed by a Cocktail Reception
Moderated by Claude Grunitzky
Join us for a discussion in homage to Virgil Abloh, one of the most influential fashion designers of the last few decades. One year after his tragic passing, we remember Abloh’s legacy as the iconic founder of Off-White and the Creative Director of Menswear for Louis Vuitton. Presented in partnership with Institut Français de la Mode.
Conversation & Wine Reception
with Author Joël Dicker
FIAF Montclair is thrilled to welcome international literary sensation Joël Dicker for the debut of his newly-translated novel, The Enigma of Room 622, on Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm at the historic Van Vleck House and Gardens. The conversation, moderated by Kate Tuttle, will be followed by a book signing and wine reception.
The Restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris
Three years ago, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of France’s most historic landmarks, was nearly destroyed in a tragic fire. Learn about the restoration efforts and their progress during this virtual discussion with National Geographic journalist Robert Kunzig and Jérémie Patrier-Leitus, Director of Communication, Development and Cultural Programming for the public establishment dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
A Talk with Adam Gopnik and Erica Schmidt
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Acclaimed author and essayist Adam Gopnik and Broadway director Erica Schmidt discuss Molière’s extraordinary literary and theatrical body of work and reveal its relevance in today’s world.
En avant, la musique!
Performances by Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Beaubrun, Pauline Jean, Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the New York Philharmonic
An evening of song, music, and conversation with performances by New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo, Roots/Blues artist Paul Beaubrun, Haitian-American songstress Pauline Jean, singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the Philharmonic. From the poetic work of Berlioz to the rhythm of Blues and Jazz, the program showcases the rich and longstanding exchange between musical traditions and languages like French and Creole.
Dreaming of DIOR
Christian Dior remains one of the most renowned and influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Marie-France Pochna, author of Christian Dior: Destiny: The Authorized Biography, and Matthew Yokobosky, who collaborated on the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will speak about the visionary couturier. A Q&A and book-signing will follow.
Greener, Bolder, More Inclusive:
Toward More Livable Cities
Followed by a Q&A and Reception
Roundtable discussion with Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman of Saint-Gobain; Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City; and Thaddeus Pawlowski, Managing Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University. Moderated by Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor of Forbes.
The Future of Luxury in the US
In Conversation with Author Erwan Rambourg
Followed by a Q&A and Networking Session
Meet Anish Melwani, Chairman & CEO of LVMH Inc at an exclusive breakfast at FIAF. Author Erwan Rambourg will interview Melwani about the ever-increasing demand for iconic luxury goods in the US and its impact on LVMH, particularly in terms of sustainability and consumer identity.
Inside Château de Haroué
Free for FIAF Members!
Discover the splendor of Château de Haroué, an unrivaled treasure of Gallic culture and heritage in the Lorraine region of France. Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon and her daughter, Victoria Botana de Beauvau-Craon take us inside their home and discuss their efforts to keep the castle’s legacy alive. Moderated by JC Agid.
Roundtable: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in French and American Cinema
In this roundtable discussion, a panel of French and American filmmakers, producers, and talent managers will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the film industries of both countries.
Celebrating Serge Gainsbourg
Three decades after his death, French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg remains a complex and vivid figure within music and culture. Join us for a virtual screening of La Comédie-Française chante Gainsbourg and a special conversation with the incomparable Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg’s former partner; accomplished actor/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, Birkin and Gainsbourg’s daughter; and Comédie-Française’s Rebecca Marder.
The World of Elsa Schiaparelli
From Lady Gaga’s bespoke gown at President Biden’s inauguration to Beyoncé’s showstopper leather mini dress at the Grammy Awards, Maison Schiaparelli has made fashion headlines this year. CEO Delphine Bellini will talk about the fabulous heritage of this revolutionary Couture House and its unexpected revival.
The Sparkling World of DIOR
with Victoire de Castellane
In Conversation with Olivier Gabet
In conversation with Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior Joaillerie, will share her approach to jewelry and describe where she finds inspiration.
Virtual Wine Tasting
Big Macs & Burgundy: Unusual Pairings for Exceptional Wines
Vanessa Price, co-author of Big Macs & Burgundy, will examine the bolder side of Burgundy during this illuminating evening of surprising and indulgent pairings. Price will be joined by Nicole Muscari, wine advisor from Vivant, and Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier of The University Club.
Jeff Koons in France
In Conversation with Joachim Pissarro
Jeff Koons, one of the most important, influential, and popular artists of the post-war era, in a conversation with art historian Joachim Pissarro, will look back at his longstanding connection to France, focusing on his extraordinary exhibition in Versailles.
with Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Melissa Errico and Adam Gopnik will discuss their recent collaborations for FIAF: the three-concert series, ll Parle, Elle Chante — Love, Desire & Mystery, and the CinéSalon series Out of the Dark: The Mystery of Film Noir.
Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Il Parle, Elle Chante
Love, Desire & Mystery
Desire: January 28, 2021
Mystery: May 6, 2021
With Tedd Firth on piano
Broadway star Melissa Errico and New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, through songs and conversation, investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.
Liberté d’expression, Free Speech, and “Cancel Culture”
Co-presented by La Maison française of NYU, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, and FIAF
Three leading French cultural organizations based in New York bring together more than a dozen thinkers from the U.S. and France for a transatlantic festival investigating the state of liberté d’expression or free speech in the age of what has been called “cancel culture.”
Bordeaux: Laboratory of Architecture
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux, for centuries, has been a city where architecture and urban planning have manifested profound concepts on how citizens live together. Barry Bergdoll, art history and archaeology professor at Columbia University, and Fabrizio Gallanti, director of arc en rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, explore the idea of “city” through this tour of Bordeaux’s past and present.
The Role of Fiction in Facing One’s Past
Meet Alice Zeniter and Omar El Akkad, two bestselling novelists who have used their work to explore ignored chapters in history, give voice to the disenfranchised, and challenge national myths.
Le Paris Noir: The Pioneers of the Left Bank
The Left Bank, Paris’s engine of artistic innovation and political debate, has also been central to the Black experience in the City of Light. Kévi Donat of Le Paris Noir leads a tour exploring Black History across two centuries within a few blocks of this influential neighborhood.
A special screening of the Academy Award–nominated documentary short “Colette” is followed by a conversation with director Anthony Giacchino, producer Alice Doyard, and the film’s subjects Colette Marin-Catherine and Lucie Fouble, moderated by Philippe Sands.
Virtual Wine Tasting
Better with Champagne:
An Effervescent Tasting with Ariel Arce
Wine Tour de France 2021 kicks off with a Champagne and cheese tasting and masterclass. Ariel Arce, named the “Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village” by The New York Times, traces the evolution of Champagne and its most popular iteration: the Traditional Blended Brut.
with Illustrator Kris Di Giacomo
Live from her studio in Paris, children’s book illustrator Kris Di Giacomo brings her colorful universe to TILT for the first time. Join the artist during a 30-minute workshop to learn to speak to French pigeons and discover their secrets!
by Broken Box Mime Theater
Zut alors! Important artifacts have gone missing from the FIAF building. Join the Broken Box Kids Detective Agency to search for the criminal mastermind and return the stolen treasure to its home.
Drag Queen Story Hour
with Harmonica Sunbeam
Drag Queen Story Hour returns to FIAF to create a virtual space where kids—and adults—can present themselves in their own fabulous ways and how they wish. Harmonica Sunbeam reads a selection of French and American favorites in English.
Emily in Paris: Fashion fantasia or faux-pas?
Is the popular Netflix series à la mode on the streets of Paris? Our panel of fashion experts and influencers, including Lola Rykiel, Jessica Michault, and Rebecca Leffler, discusses.
The Art of Perfume with Frédéric Malle
To mark the 20th anniversary of Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, the house’s founder discusses his radical vision that revolutionized the perfume industry with journalist Melissa Ceria.
Le Petit Gala: Cultural Program
Streamed live on Mon, Nov 16, 2020
Watch exhilarating commissions from trailblazing artists Jonah Bokaer, Cal Hunt, and Anthony Roth Costanzo. The three new works were performed live on our stage.
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