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  • Sat

    "The Contemporary Art Scene in Paris", by Anna Tahinci, Ph.D.

    10:00 amThe Glassell School of Art Auditorium, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006 (Map)
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    On Saturday, May 9, the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) takes a comprehensive look at the contemporary art scene in Paris, guided by Anna Tahinci, PhD, who is professor and head of the Art History Department of the Glassell School of Art. Dr. Tahinci will present an in-depth consideration of Paris, a city that keeps renewing itself by constantly showcasing vibrant contemporary art. The lecture will be held at 10 a.m. in the Freed Auditorium of The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006.


    Through virtual visits to both well-known Parisian contemporary art spaces (including the newly-inaugurated Louis Vuitton Foundation built by Frank Gehry) and hidden gems, Ms. Tahinci will analyze relational aesthetics and trace the history and culture of France in Paris. The VAA-sponsored lecture will also address the historical, financial, administrative and political challenges Paris is facing in the 21st century: globalization and export of French art and culture, the neglect of permanent collections in favor of blockbuster temporary exhibitions, the necessity of being profitable due to less governmental support and the requirements for introducing contemporary art in the context of a rich cultural heritage.


    Ms. Tahinci, a native of Greece, studied history and archaeology in Athens and spent a total of 11 years in Paris, where she studied art history and comparative literature at the Sorbonne (Ph.D. on Rodin's collectors) and Museum Studies at the Ecole du Louvre. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Harvard Art Museum. Further credentials include teaching at Boston University Paris, the University of Minnesota, Macalester College in Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She co-curated the sculpture exhibition that was organized in Athens for the Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition Rodin and America at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011.


    There is no charge to attend VAA monthly programs.