Thursday, May 19, 2011

WELCOME TO MIAD PARIS BLOG: Revolution, Democracy and the Avant Garde

I hope that you (our students) are feeling the energy and excitement that I am as I make my final preparations for Paris. I wanted to share, for those who are not traveling with us, the itinerary and readings so that you too might be able to take part in the trip, perhaps as a distant Flanneur. The students will be posting regularly to the blog regarding their individual explorations in conjunction with each day's experience.

Below is the course calendar with the readings that out students tackled with great insight this week. The thought-provoking questions, extensive dialogue, and visual examples and diagrams within their journals created a rich environment that will be further informed and expanded upon as we explore Paris. I know that each one of you is beginning to see the connections between the ideas, objects, language, history, and culture, which we have challenged you to investigate. These will be our foundation as we further examine Revolution, Democracy and the Avant Garde in Paris. Remember the words of Le Corbusier, in After Cubism Art is Above All a Matter of Conception.

As I'm taking the liberty of speaking for Eric,

Nous te souhaitons un bon voyage et nous vous voyiez à Paris.

BTW: Don't forget to share this blog with your classmates, families and friends. I usually put a link to it from my facebook page.

PARIS TRIP 2011 "Revolution, Democracy and the Avant-Garde in Paris"

Course Calendar (subject to change)

May 16, 2011: Art History / Cultural Studies Preparation 9-12 and 1-4

May 17, 2011: Art History / Cultural Studies / Studio Preparation 9-12 and 1-4

May 18, 2011: Studio Preparation 9-4

May 19, 2011: Final meeting 9-11

May 24, 2011: Students Leave USA

May 25, 2011: ARRIVAL at St. Christophers Inn, 19th arrondissement, Paris, France

Meet with Jenny Krantz

May 26, 2011: Day 1 Thursday MEDIEVAL PARIS: A City Orientation / History of Paris

Meet at 1:00 at the Hostel (Metro to Trocadero)

Visit: Cité de lArchitecture et du Patrimoine (3:30 - 6 pm)

Dinner: 7pm Restaurant Chartier (Metro Grand Boulevards)

Seine by boat following dinner

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, Introduction "From Caesar to Abelard";

Viollet-le-Duc and the West Portals of Notre Dame ; excerpts from Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris "Book First: I. The Grand Hall", "Book Third: II. A Bird's Eye View of Paris", "Book Fifth: II. This Will Kill That"

May 27, 2011: Day 2 Friday THE CHURCH AND RADICAL ENLIGHTENMENT: Re-birth of Philosophy

Meet at 8:30 at the Hostel

10:00 Promptly: Bibliothèque Nationale Rue Richelieu, (19th century photographs -- private showing with the Director of Photographie)

Metro to Pont Neuf and the Ill de la Cite: View Ste. Chapelle / Notre Dame

Lunch Break on your own:

Walk Ile St. Louis: View Hotel Lauzen:

Walk to S. Germain Des Pres; End at Café de Flore/ Café Deux Magots

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Two 1314-1643: Henri IV";

Excerpts from A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment "Chapter 1. City of Lights", "Chapter 9. A Natural Philosophy", "Epilogue: A Stolen Revolution"; "Unholy Relics" pp.75-127 in Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto.

May 28, 2011: Day 3 Saturday ENTRENCHED ARISTOCRACY: The Retreat to Versailles

Meet at 7:00 at the Hostel (Metro S. Michel to RER C5 to Versailles Rive Gauche)

Versailles All Day Trip 7:30 am 8:00 pm; Palace: begin inside 9-11

Gardens: move to the gardens 11:00 am to see fountains

Fountains /Grande Eaux Musicaux

Explorations of: Petit Trianon, Grande Trianon, and LHameau

Return to Paris (RER C5 Versailles-Rive Gauche 7pm)

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Three 1643-1795: Louis XIV"; excerpt from Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution [and to the Palace of Versailles], Introduction and Chapter 6: " The Simple Life".

Also, Versailles A Political Themepark, I.Borden, Architecture and the Sites of History

May 29, 2011: Day 4 Sunday REVOLUTION: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity...and the Art Museum

Meet at 8:30 at the Hostel (Metro to Palais Royale- Musee de Louvre)

Louvre (9:00 11:30)

Lunch Break at Carrosel du Louvre Food Court for group discussion

Louvre (1:00 3:00)

LOpera (3:30 5:00) (Metro from Palais Royale-Musee de Louvre to Opera)

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Four 1795-1815: Napoleon"; "The Misplaced Head" pp.129-165 in Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto; "The Revolutionary Louvre" chapter 3 of Inventing the Louvre by Andrew McClellan; David Pinkney, Money and Politics in the Rebuilding of Paris, and "Napoleon IIIs Transformation of Paris


Meet at 8:30 at the Hostel (Metro to Cluny-La Sorbonne)

Latin Quarter walk 9:00 11:00

Bibliothèque Ste. Geneviève (exterior)

Pantheon / Foucaults Pendulum

Lunch break on your own: Jardin du Luxemburg (Metro Luxembourg)

LOrangerie in the Afternoon

Arc De Triomphe or La Madeleine

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Five 1815-1871: The Commune"; Viollet-Le-Duc, "Architecture in the Nineteenth Century: Importance of Method" #20 pp. 215-220 in Architecture and Design in Europe and America, 1750-2000 A. Harrison-Moore and D. Rowe Eds.; Walter Benjamin, "Paris-Capital of the Nineteenth Century"; Neil Levine, "The Book and the Building: Hugo's Theory of Architecture and Labrouste's Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève" in The Beaux-Arts in 19th Century French Architecture, edited by Robin Middleton (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1982).

May 31, 2011: Day 6: Tuesday THE BIRTH OF MODERNISM: Realism vs Impressionism

Meet at 9:00 at the Hostel (Metro to Varenne)

Rodin Museum (10-12:00 pm)

Eiffel Tower and Lunch arrive at 12:30/45 3:00)

Musee DOrsay 3:00 6:00

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Six 1871-1940: The Treaty of Versailles"; Courbet, "Realist Manifesto" ; for Rodin, see "The Originality of the Avant-Garde" by Rosalind Krauss pp.151-172; for Manet, see "Chapter Two: Olympia's Choice" pp.79-146 in The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers by T.J.Clark

June 1, 2011: Day 7: Wednesday RESEARCH DAY (on your own projects)


Meet at 9:00 at the Hostel

Art Nouveau Metros by Hector Guimard 9:30 11:00

Musée Quay Branley 11:00 2:30

3:30 Private Tour of Maison de Verre (recently restored)

Dinner on your own or as casual groups

Musee d'Orsay 7:00-9:00pm

READING: "L'Art Nouveau" by S.Bing in The Craftsman (translation); An Architects Opinion of L'Art Nouveau" by Hector Guimard in Archtiectural Record; "The White Peril and L'Art negre: Picasso, Primitivism and Anticolonialism" by Patricia Leighton; Maison de Verre by Kenneth Frampton in Perspecta

June 3, 2011: Day 9: Friday FROM CUBISM TO PURISM: The Philosophies of Abstraction

Meet at 8:00 at the Hostel

Tristan Tzara house by Adolf Loos

Petite Palais (for an exhibit on the Photographs of Charlotte Perriand)

Lunch on your own (Café in the Petite Palais or surrounding area)

Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Optional visit: Palais Toyko (it's next to the Musee dArt Moderne)


#38 "Ornament and Crime" by A. Loos pp. 348-354 in Architecture and Design in Europe and America, 1750-2000 A. Harrison-Moore and D. Rowe Eds.; D-H Kahnweiler, excerpt from "The Rise of Cubism", 1915 in H. Chipp, Theories of Modern Art pp.248-259; Piet Mondrian, "Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art (aka "Figurative Art and Non-Figurative Art") 1937 from H. Chipp, Theories of Modern Art pp.349-364; Tristan Tzara, "Lecture on Dada," 1924 in H. Chipp, Theories of Modern Art pp.385-391; "After Cubism" by Ozenfant and Jeanneret in Carol Eliel ed., L'Espirit Nouveau: Purism in Paris 1918-1925; "Duchamp and the Geography of Paris, by James Housefield in Geographical Review

June 4, 2011: Day 10: Saturday TOWARDS A NEW ARCHITECTURE: Purism in Architecture

Meet at 8:30 at the Hostel

10:00 Tour of Corbusier Foundation: Maison La Roche

11:30 Tour of Le Corbusier's Studio/Apartment

Lunch on your own

Art Nouveau Walking tour (2:00 5:00)

READING: "Paris: The World of Art and Le Corbusier" Section Four, pp.201-263 in Theory and Design in the First Machine Age by Reyner Banham; excerpt #51 "Report of the De Stijl Group" pp. 402 and #52 "from Towards a New Architecture" by Le Corbusier pp. 403-410 in Architecture and Design in Europe and America, 1750-2000 A. Harrison-Moore and D. Rowe Eds.; and France in Frank Russell, Ed., Art Nouveau Architecture

June 5, 2011: Day 11: Sunday TECHNOLOGY, (Artful) MACHINES AND PUBLIC SPACE

Meet at 9:00 at the Hostel

Cartier Foundation (Jean Nouvel)

Arab Institute (Jean Nouvel)

Brunch at the neighborhood American Diner [Breakfast in America]

Foundation Cartier-Bresson (1-3:30)

Centre Georges Pompidou (including Atelier Brancusi) 3:30 -7:30

READING: The Seven Ages of Paris, "Age Seven 1940-1969: DeGaulle"; or Graham Robb, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, " Expanding the Domain of the Possible" pp.347-379; The Situationist City "Introduction and Chapter 1" pp. 1-66 by Simon Sadler, MIT Press 1998; Comments on a Society of Spectacle by Guy Debord "Parts I-XIII" pp. 1-39 "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by Walter Benjamin or Ways of Seeing by John Berger et al, "Chapter 1" pp. 7-34, BBC/Penguin Books, 1972.


Meet at 9:00 at the Hostel

Frank Gehrys Cinemathèque Francaise, Simone de Beauvoir bridge, D. Perrault's Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Optional visit: Colette (213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris, and contemporary art galleries in and around the Marais.

READING: "The Pleasure of Architecture" (March 1977) pp.530-540 in Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture 1965-1995 Kate Nesbitt Ed.; "Chapter 3" from Ways of Seeing by John Berger et al, BBC and Penguin Books, 1972; Graham Robb, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, " Lovers of Saint-Germain-des-Pres" pp.285-314.

excerpts from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.

June 7, 2011: Day 13: Tuesday RADICAL INVERSIONS: Deconstructing the Urban Park

Meeting time TBD

Le 104 (Renovated Art Space)

Parc de la Villette

Cite de la Musique

READING: "Architecture Where Desire Can Live: Jacques Derrida interviewed by Eva Meyer" in Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture 1965-1995 Kate Nesbitt Ed. Excerpts from Designing Parks, by Lodewijk Baljon "Part One, Introduction" pp. 9-47, "Part Three, La Villette: An Instructive Lesson" pp. 166-238 and "Appendix" pp. 291-294.

June 8, 2011: Day 14 Wednesday RESEARCH DAY: Work on Individual Projects

Completion of Letters

Final Group Dinner

June 9, 2011: DEPARTURE: Students finished with coursework in Paris


June 29-30, 2011 (approximate dates): Required Project Review and Group Critique.

August 1, 2011 (final projects due to faculty).

Contemporary Art and Design Galleries

3rd arrondissement

Galerie Daniel Templon

30 rue Beaubourg

Paris 75003

Métro: Rambuteau

A contemporary gallery featuring established and up-and-coming artists.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

76 rue de Turenne

Paris 75003

Métro: St-Sébastien-Froissart

One of the citys hottest contemporary galleries, showing works by Sophie Calle, Maurizioo Cattelan, Wim Delvoye, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

7 rue Debelleyme

Paris 75003

Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire

A chic contemporary art gallery run by the noted Austrian dealer Ropac, located in a Marais courtyard. Among the artists he reagularly shows are Mimmo Paladino, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Tom Sachs and Gilbert & George.

Galerie Yvon Lambert

108 rue Vieille du Temple

Paris 75003

Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire

Lambert, who also has galleries in New York and London, is one of Frances most prominent contemporary art collectorshis own collection is on show in a private mansion-museum in Avignon, his home town. Among the artists shown at the Paris gallery are Kiefer, Serrano, Barceló, Wesselmann, Goldin and LeWitt.


Galerie Chantal Crousel

10, rue Charlot.

Established in 1980, the Chantal Crousel gallery strives to exhibit the work of a diverse range of international and French artists dedicated to the dialogue surrounding contemporary art and society.

Galerie Schleicher + Lange

12, rue de Picardie.

This young gallery was founded in 2004 by two Germans, Julia Schleicher and Andreas Lange, and has quickly earned a reputation for ambitious exhibitions featuring a diverse group of emerging artists.

Galerie Michel Rein

42, rue de Turenne.

Galerie Michel Rein is an important link in the contemporary art world of Paris. In addition to working with already established artists, the gallery is starting to show emerging artists from Eastern Europe.

4th arrondissement


15 rue des Tournelle

Paris 75004

Happening art-and-fashion gallery in the Marais, home of the makers of the 2009 limited-edition Nike sneakers.

Jean-Jacques Dutko

4 rue de Bretonvilliers

Paris 75004

Métro: Sully-Morland

and on the Left Bank at

11 rue Bonaparte

Paris 75006

Métro: St. Germain des Prés and

As well as his original gallery on the Left Bank, Art Deco and Art Modernes specialist Dutko has also opened a big new space on the Ile Saint Louis, both designed by star architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. On the roster: Pierre Chareau, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean-Michel Frank, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Marini.

12th arrondissement

Galerie VIA

29 ave Daumesnil

Paris 75012

Métro: Gare de Lyon

A gallery sponsored by the French furniture industry, specializing in young, up-and-coming designers.

13th arrondissement

Air de Paris

32, rue Louise Weiss.

Originally established in Nice by owners Florence Bonnefous and Edouard Merino, Air de Paris moved to Paris in 1994 and has since become renowned for its edgy exhibitions, which can also be found at Air2Paris, a hot new experimental space opened in 2003.

GB Agency

20, rue Louise Weiss.

Opened in 2001, GB Agency is known for exhibitions of conceptual art that challenge the idea of the gallery as an artistic space.

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