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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.  

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


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Upcoming Courses

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting at Café Le Wood, 1 place de Thorigny, 75003 Paris metro Saint-Paul (line 1)
    • 6
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    Interested in learning about the contemporary art world while discovering the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene? This gallery walk is a great place to start....

    The Marais is a vibrant quarter dating from the 1600s, and home to many outstanding Parisian and international galleries, museums, as well as trendy boutiques and restaurants. Our visit will take you to large, contemporary art spaces and hard-to-find courtyard galleries. You'll learn about the history and architecture of the neighborhood and truly get a feel for the Marais art scene.

    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.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Instructors Private Residence
    • 10
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    What do most of us know about the harp, an instrument dating back to pre-Antiquity?  And what could be more special than to hear about it from our instructor, a harpist herself who is  inviting a limited number of WICE music lovers to her own home where she will animate our class with live demonstrations. 

    We will hear how Queen Marie Antoinette, a harpist herself,  brought this angelic instrument back from several decades of obscurity, spurring enthusiastic luthiers to create so many different models that confusion reigned!  At the turn of the 20th century, French harpists called for a competition to retire all but one, and make that one the standard for both composers and harpists.  We will learn which harp won, and hear excerpts from the competition music by both Ravel and Debussy performed live on the winning model!

    About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain


    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • meet at Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris
    • 10
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    This 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.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • meet in front of Hotel Drouot, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
    • 10
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    Drouot is the oldest and biggest auction house in France and probably in the world. Composed of a large number of auctioneers, its main location Drouot-Richelieu comprises 15 sales rooms dedicated to the sale of artworks.

    Euphoria and excitement are palpable in this very unique place, where items from every time and geographic provenance, paintings, sculptures, furniture as well as jewellery, watches or rare objects are offered on sale and will go to the highest bidder - 400.000 in all through the year, a delight for art lovers and amators, as well as the simply curious.

    In our visit, we’ll see the afternoon sales happening and the exhibition for future sales, discuss the art market and go see galleries in the area.

    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.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 20
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    Mozart’s Requiem is as famous for the melodic music itself as for the mystery behind the composition. The passionate emotions of sorrow, grief and misery evoked by this beautiful music are intensified by the fact that Mozart himself knew he was living his final days on Earth while composing it. He never finished his masterpiece---leaving most movements as sketches. Even today, 228 years after Mozart’s final note was written, some composers are taking it upon themselves to finish the requiem in what they believe is the proper Mozartian style. We’ll look into some of these versions and learn some of Mozart’s compositional techniques as we listen to excerpts from this haunting work. 

    The speculation regarding the Requiem just isn’t about how to finish it, but also about who actually wrote it!  How much of what we hear did Mozart actually did compose? Immediately following his untimely death, and at the behest of his widow, two of his former students quickly finished the piece so that she would be paid by the patron who commissioned it – a trickster count who was known to pass poor musicians’ works off as his own! The legends and folklore surrounding Mozart’s Requiem doesn’t lessen the fact that it is one of the most revered pieces music the world knows!

    About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia


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