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CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE

Historical Book Group


About this course

Looking for a good read and stimulating discussion? Join WICE's monthly Historical Book Group and exchange perspectives in an informal and friendly environment.

Books are chosen by members and the selection reflects their broad tastes and origins. We select books published in French and English and participants are encouraged to contribute in whichever language is more comfortable to them.

The Historical Book Group is free for WICE Members, so why not become a WICE Member now?

Registration required; seats are limited.

If you would like more information or if you have questions, please email

historicalbooks@wice-paris.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 48
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    You probably know that Manhattan was built on rocks and swamps, but do you know how the city we know today was made? It’s one thing to imagine the wooden homes built by the Dutch in the mid-1600s, but quite another to understand how skyscrapers were constructed –early and recently---and why they aren’t everywhere. Why is there a grid of streets instead of an organic accumulation of old roads, as in Paris? What effect did Paris have on New York’s buildings? What impact did railroads have, and why are the stations where they are? Our instructor will take you on a trip through four centuries of urban design, legal constraints, city planning, and architectural form, culminating in today’s thinking about ecological concerns, climate change, and the potential effects of the pandemic.

    Carol Herselle Krinsky, a Smith graduate with a Ph.D; from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, has been Professor of Art History at NYU since 1965. She's the author of five books, is working on a sixth, has earned national and university teaching awards, and has been President of several scholarly organizations concerned with architecture and art. She has also been a guest professor elsewhere in the USA, and in Mexico, Germany, Belarus, and Tatarstan, and has lectured in ten European countries.

    Photo Credit: Library of Congress

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote on-line
    • 29
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    As you stroll through Paris, how often have you stopped to admire the many sculpted angels which adorn the city’s doorways and monuments?

    Rosemary Flannery, author and photographer, will lead you through a fascinating on-line tour to view extraordinary angels in architecture: carved in stone, imaged in mosaic, cast in bronze, painted on panels and sculpted in sandstone throughout the city. Appearing from the time of the Crusades to the 20th century, the angels reflect every artistic movement – from Gothic to Renaissance, to Rococo and the Second Empire to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and more. You will tour virtually the streets of Paris, viewing the creations of renowned artisans and sculptors on monuments, chapels, sundials, lightning rods, carriage doors and opera steps. The angels are part of the visual poetry of Paris, and tell the history of the city along with the stories of the kings, queens and architects who commissioned them.

    Part 1: Artistic styles in sculpture and architecture in Paris from the Middle Ages to Louis XIV and Louis XV; changes wrought due to the French Revolution; the First Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte and reconstruction under Louis-Philippe and the July monarchy

    Rosemary Flannery, an American in Paris, has been part of the scene here since 1989. Passionate about art and architecture, she has worked as a tour guide, produced an internet radio show on the arts, and is also an artist. Walking through the streets of the city, she noticed angels depicted in the most unexpected places, echoing her impression that enchanting Paris is an enchanted city. Her research reveals fascinating information about Parisian architecture and history, which she loves sharing through her tours, lectures and her book: The Angels of Paris: An architectural tour through the history of Paris (The Little Bookroom NYC, 2012) ; Les Anges de Paris: un voyage architectural au coeur de Paris (Editions Guy Tredaniel, 2015).

    https://www.portraitsbyrosemary.com/

    Photo Credit: Rosemary Flannery

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote on-line
    • 29
    Register

    As you stroll through Paris, how often have you stopped to admire the many sculpted angels which adorn the city’s doorways and monuments?

    Rosemary Flannery, author and photographer, will lead you through a fascinating on-line tour to view extraordinary angels in architecture: carved in stone, imaged in mosaic, cast in bronze, painted on panels and sculpted in sandstone throughout the city. Appearing from the time of the Crusades to the 20th century, the angels reflect every artistic movement – from Gothic to Renaissance, to Rococo and the Second Empire to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and more. You will tour virtually the streets of Paris, viewing the creations of renowned artisans and sculptors on monuments, chapels, sundials, lightning rods, carriage doors and opera steps. The angels are part of the visual poetry of Paris, and tell the history of the city along with the stories of the kings, queens and architects who commissioned them.

    Part 2Artistic styles in sculpture and architecture during the Second Empire and the Haussmannian building boom; the 1889 World’s Fair (exposition universelle); the Belle Epoque and revisionist architecture of the turn-of-the-century, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, WWII and today’s Paris.

    Rosemary Flannery, an American in Paris, has been part of the scene here since 1989. Passionate about art and architecture, she has worked as a tour guide, produced an internet radio show on the arts, and is also an artist. Walking through the streets of the city, she noticed angels depicted in the most unexpected places, echoing her impression that enchanting Paris is an enchanted city. Her research reveals fascinating information about Parisian architecture and history, which she loves sharing through her tours, lectures and her book: The Angels of Paris: An architectural tour through the history of Paris (The Little Bookroom NYC, 2012) ; Les Anges de Paris: un voyage architectural au coeur de Paris (Editions Guy Tredaniel, 2015).

    https://www.portraitsbyrosemary.com/

    Photo Credit: Rosemary Flannery

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    Register

    The live event occurred on January 7th, 2021.  However, you can register to receive a link to view the recording (REPLAY), and you will receive the discount codes for the individual lectures.  The AF series runs  from January 14 to March 25.  

    France is a land of many splendored things, chief among them being the glorious chateaux which dot the Loire Valley and the Ile-de-France. Some started out as medieval stone donjons; others sprang to life as the magnificent Renaissance edifices built by the 15th and 16th century Valois kings, first in the Loire Valley and later in and around Paris; then came the the equally grand French Baroque style chateaux built around Paris by Bourbon royals and their peers.

    On January 7, 2021, WICE, with  lecturer Russell Kelley, and in partnership with the Alliances Françaises of Miami and Chicago, offered a quick romp through ten of these edifices .  At present, every Thursday from January 21 through March 25, an individual chateau  will be spotlighted by its curator, manager, or owner. To review the podcasts of the chateaux already presented, or to attend the upcoming lectures, follow this link:  

     https://www.af-miami.org/cultural-events_2020/upcoming-events/

    If you attended the January 7 WICE talk, a code enabling you to a reduction is available through the WICE Office.

    Photo credit: BEHN LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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