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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

    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15
    Register

    Though he died nearly 150 years ago. Wagner still provokes extreme reactions among classical music lovers, many of whom fly repeatedly from continent to continent to catch performances of his operatic works.   In which of those- does one start in an effort to grasp Wagner’s essence? With his innovative harmonies? With his ability to bring out powerful and intimate emotions? With his use of ancient myths to plumb the depths of human psychology?


    Considered by some to mark a new beginning for him (although Wagner was already radical in his approach to opera as we will learn), Tristan and Isolde is our instructor’s choice. Leaving behind his plot-heavy operas such as Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, Wagner elevates a simple yet passionate love story to great heights – managing to purvey through music the mysteries of love, eroticism and death. We will learn about his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk – an art form which encompasses music, speech, mime, poetry; his use of melodic “leitmotifs” to indicate a character, a personality trait, even an abstract idea, and which act as a unifying device throughout the lengthy work.  Tristan has it all --and more -- as you will find out in this class!


    For two upcoming performances of Tristan and Isolde:

    https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-18-19/opera/tristan-und-isolde (Paris)

    https://www.lamonnaie.be/fr/program/839-tristan-und-isolde (Brussels)


    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 Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music.  She hosted and produced her own radio program for the former KXTR: Kansas City’s Classical Music Radio Station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view on classical music.


    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • meet at Café Le Wood, 1 place de Thorigny, 75003 Paris: metro Saint-Paul (line 1)
    • 10
    Register

    City Art InsiderInterested 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.


    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • meet at La cave de Belleville, 51 rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris: metro Belleville (line 11)
    • 10
    Register

    City Art InsiderYou’ve heard about Belleville but never tried a visit in this north-east Parisian neighbourhood? It deserves its reputation for being very cosmopolitan, with charming old streets overlooking the city. It’s less known for being the trendy place for young art galleries representing emerging artists - and an open-air playground for street artists! Our visit through Belleville will introduce you to up-and-coming and more established galleries, as well as enjoying street art and the cultural history of 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.


    • 07 Dec 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • meet in front of Hotel Drouot, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris: metro Richelieu- Drouot (line 8) or Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (line 12)
    • 10
    Register

    City Art InsiderDrouot 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.
    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14
    Register

    NY Public LibraryThe term “program music” is sometimes uttered rather contemptuously by the musical “glitterati”, so could it possibly apply to works of their idol, Beethoven?  Well, sometimes “yes”. as our instructor will demonstrate through a look at Beethoven’s softer side as a lover of nature, revealed to us in his Sixth Symphony. The composer, with impeccable musical structure, stuns his fans with this work, which is also known as the Pastoral Symphony! The polemic is not about his beautiful melodies and perfect chordal structure but because he gave us a narrative to follow along with the symphony. Beethoven opens our imagination to the countryside where you can hear a nightingale, a cuckoo, a summer thunderstorm, peasants making merry, the meandering of a stream ….


    Can we actually accept this tone-painting as true program music and acknowledge that he wants us to see, in our mind’s eye, the scenes that he so sensitively evokes?  As we listen to excerpts from this remarkably accessible yet complex work, we will join the 200-year-old debate on whether or not the Pastoral Symphony is a pure-form musical work or just another example of chaotic program music.


    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 Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music.  She hosted and produced her own radio program for the former KXTR: Kansas City’s Classical Music Radio Station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view on classical music.


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