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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts



Tatiana TrouvE
Solo exhibition

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Project title: Tatiana Trouvé

April 27 - October 27, 2019
Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler and Carla Acevedo-Yates

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad) will present the first-ever major exhibition of the work of Tatiana Trouvé in the United States, from April 27 to October 27, 2019. This project is designed to survey recent works that has been created over the past decade and will recontextualize several important bodies of work from the artist’s career, including drawings, sculptures and installations, in order to highlight the different facets of her practice dealing with architecture, notion of time and space, and systems of categorization and perception. While Trouvé, a previous Prix Marcel Duchamp winner in 2007, has participated in gallery exhibitions in the US, she has yet to have a major museum exhibition, or significant institutional exposure. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.


Cyprien Gaillard
Solo exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA Cleveland, for the FRONT Triennial
Cleveland, OH
Project title: Nightlife

July 14 - September 30, 2018
Curated by Michelle Grabner in collaboration with Andria Hickey (MOCA)

As part of Cleveland’s new Triennial for Contemporary Art, MOCA Cleveland will present a major work by Cyprien Gaillard from July 14 to September 30, 2018: Nightlife (2015) is a cinema-scaled 3D film installation immersing viewers in a surreal experience that weaves together narratives, individuals, movements, violence, and place. Nightlife, which was shot at night over two years in Cleveland, Berlin, and Los Angeles, transforms both film and sound into sculptural forms. MOCA’s collaboration with Gaillard marks the first time that this French artist will be shown in the region, and is significant considering the representation of Cleveland in Gaillard’s work.

Cyprien Gaillard was born in Paris in 1980, and currently lives in Berlin and New York, where his broader artistic project centers on an exploration of the built environment. His work reflects upon meanings and memories of monuments and landscapes that have been erased and replaced by the effects of time and social and cultural transformation. Gaillard’s practice spans many media – including photography, installation, etching, painting, sculpture, performance, and public interventions – and is almost always made outside the walls of a studio. Cyprien Gaillard was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2011 and this work was presented for the Lyon Biennale in 2015.

Kapwani Kiwanga
Solo exhibition

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Cambridge, MA
Project title: Kapwani Kiwanga

February 7- April 14, 2019
Curated by Yuri Stone

The MIT List Visual Arts Center will present a solo exhibition of Kapwani Kiwanga (born in 1978, Hamilton, Ontario) in the Spring of 2019. Kapwani is a Paris-based artist who traces historical narratives, excavating and considering the global impact of colonialism and how it permeates contemporary culture. Her work is research-driven, instigated by marginalized or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. For her presentation at the List Center, she will continue her exploration of architectural histories and their physical and psychological influence: her new work will respond to MIT’s architectural histories and “desired paths”: footpaths of individuals throughout public spaces in Cambridge and Boston in the particular context of the colonial history of Boston. The show will be accompanied by a robust public programs series. Kapwani Kiwanga won the Frieze Artist Award in 2018.


Supports / Surfaces

Collective exhibition with: André-Pierre Arnal, Pierre Burgalio, Louis Cane, Daniel Dezeuze, Noël Dolla, Jean-Michel Meurice, Bernard Pagès, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
Detroit, MI
Project title: Supports/Surfaces

February 1 - April 14, 2019
Curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder and Wallace Whitney

The MOCAD will present the first comprehensive exhibition in the Midwest of the under-known French art movement Supports/Surfaces. In the 1960’s, Supports/Surfaces was a confederation of about 13 artists mostly from the south of France (Nimes, Nice, St. Etienne, etc.) who made work marked by an interest in materiality, an expansive and fluid idea of what a painting could be and a bright lyrical use of color. There was no manifesto, but the writings of and ideas of Freud, Marx, Clement Greenberg and Chairman Mao were tossed together with a deep interest in American minimalism and Matisse, another artist associated with the south of France. This group was interested in making art without slick fabrication, organized on loose permeable grid structure: which implied a stretched canvas and often utilized repeated forms and/or patterning that seemed to offer a humane possibility for both art making and a metaphorical proposal for just society, using everyday items as art materials. The show will be completed by a large panel discussion involving these historical artists, and a site specific piece would be created on the banks of the Detroit River by Noël Dolla to spark a dialogue with the community outside the walls of the museum.


Ulla von Brandenburg
Solo exhibition

Contemporary Arts Center
New Orleans, LA
Project title: Ulla von Brandenburg's Two Times Seven

March 14 - June 13, 2019
Curated by Andrea Andersson

In Spring 2019, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans will present Two Times Seven, an exhibition by Ulla von Brandenburg, as part of the building-wise presentation, Hinge Picture, Memory Images. Hinge Picture, Memory Images is a building-wide presentation, comprised of eight individual exhibitions that collectively confront the patrimony of European modernism– with a body of work that evolves from the flat plane of the wall to immersive sculptural environments. The show takes its name from the writings of Marcel Duchamp in The Green Box, a companion piece to his masterwork La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même. In the first floor gallery, Ulla von Brandenburg will produce a large installation of fourteen hanging curtains, suspended found and constructed objects, two-dimensional paintings, and the film “C,U,I,T,H,E,A,KO,G,N,B,D,F,R,MP,L” (2017): this show will literalize the structure of Duchamp’s “pendu femelle”, but in the place of suspended brides, she will hang suspended found and made objects sourced from France and New Orleans. The installation will foreground a history of patriarchy and the structures of power invested in shape, color and adornment. A full color publication, co-published by Siglio Press and CAC will be released on March 2019: this catalogue will serve as a permanent extension of the exhibition.


Michel Blazy
Solo exhibition

Moody Center for the Arts, William Marsh Rice University
Houston, TX
Project title: Michel Blazy at Night of Philosophy and Ideas Exhibition

January 25 - May 30, 2019
Curated by Alison Weaver and Kimberly Davenport

Together with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University is hosting A Night of Philosophy and Ideas in January 2019. To enhance the platform for discussion, the Moody has invited the French artist Michel Blazy (b. 1966) to create an original, site-specific installation in the Moody’s central gallery. Blazy’s work has never been exhibited in the United States outside of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Moody is honored to have the opportunity to introduce his original vision to new audiences, thereby promoting the cultural dialogue between France and the United States. The commission will remain on view until May 30, 2019.

Throughout his 20 years of career, Michel Blazy has pursued ideas and questions relating to organic matter and life cycles, considering his work as a collaboration with nature and living matter. His work, characterized by a sense of whimsy was presented in the 2015 Lyon Biennale then in the 2017 Venice Biennale. During the show, university classes involving earth science, art history, anthropology and the environment will engage with his work to further their studies and the Moody will host public events that continue the conversation around art and environment.


Sheila Hicks
Solo exhibition

The Bass Museum of Art
Miami Beach, FL
Project title: Sheila Hicks

April - September 2019
Curated by Silvia Karman Cubiñá

The Bass Museum will present Sheila Hicks’s first solo exhibition in South Florida, and the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist in the United States to date. Organized by The Bass Museum this exhibition will open in April 2019 through September 2019. Comprising over 50 works of art installed in the museum’s main gallery, this exhibition will include newly commissioned site specific installations, sculptures, as well as her smaller tapestry studies, all produced in the last 10 years. Mainly working in large scale textiles and tapestries, the work in this exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of textiles as she challenges the medium in scale, materials, and form.


Guillaume Leblon & Thomas Boutoux
Collective exhibition

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Cleveland, OH
Project title: Busy Time

July 14 - September 30, 2018
Curated by Michelle Grabner

Commissioned by Front Exhibition Company for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Busy Time is an experimental one-act play project written for the stage by artist Guillaume Leblon and curator and art historian Thomas Boutoux, that will demonstrate the artists’ dual engagement with time based media (the play) and public sculpture (the house/setting). Key topics are manifold, including happiness, dignity, aging, farginen, memory loss, consensus, what art can be and say and do, dispersal and discrepancy, being a witness, talking about one’s life and how body moves.

Busy Time will be staged in a carefully selected Cleveland site, an emptied residential house, which visitors will be able to access in between the different representations of the play. The house will comprise new sculptures, created by Leblon for the décor of, and the viewer’s seating for, the performance. Leblon’s stage design and furnishings for the house occupy a dual role as stage prop and public sculpture, depending on how the house is used. It will be a project activated, alternatively, by the artists, during installation, by the actors, during performances, and by the public, who are invited to tour the house when the theater is dark. In Leblon’s conception, the house assumes the role as a protagonist in the play, as well as in the space of the art going public.




Kristan Kennedy

Artistic Director and Curator of Visual Art, PICA. Professor, Portland State University

Portland State University for Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Project title: Nil Yalter, Solo exhibition Research / Planning

Curator Kristan Kennedy will travel 10 days in France (Feb/March 2019) in order to conceive and develop a new project of exhibition for PICA in 2019 or 2020 involving the artist Nil Yalter. She will examine Yalter’s work and its connections with technology, the digital and immateriality, and compare them with contemporary practices of French artists in FRAC Lorraine (Metz) where a survey of the artist was recently presented and her works are collected; The curator will investigate how Yalter’s work is related or situated alongside the next generation of artists associated with floating populations in Europe and the US by meeting with the Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations in Paris. Her travel will include studio visit with Yalter and her gallery, and tours at the FRAC Lorraine. During her research, she will also look for parallels or an evolution of her radical ideas in emerging French artists work, both in the realm of transdisciplinary fashion centering upon displacement and diaspora, and in the field of performance and technology with representative artists such as Alex Cecchetti, Karl Larsson, and Isabelle Cornaro.


Kristine Kuramitsu

Independent Curator

The Mistake Room
Los Angeles, CA
Project title: Histories of a Vanishing Present

Kristine Kuramitsu is seeking to conduct curatorial research in France in September 2018 and April 2019 that will inform The Mistake Room's 2019-2021 programming cycle. She plans two one-week trips, in order to work closely with emerging, France-based cultural practitioners to produce significant projects for the upcoming exhibition program in the Los Angeles space. In 2019-2021, The Mistake Room will produce a cycle of programs titled Histories of a Vanishing Present (HOVP). This constellation of projects considers post memory as a way to understand our relationship to inherited, often traumatic histories that we have not experienced personally. This project will create a set of discursive and exhibitionary tools to mediate the practices of the generation of artists born after 1975, attempting personal, cultural and literal reconstruction in the wake of a geo-political collapse. This cycle will unfold through a series of solo commissions articulating specific subjectivities within the dynamic of postmemory, and group exhibitions around memory, history and selfhood. She would meet French artists who negotiate the post-memorial in their work: Thu Van Tran, Gaelle Choisne, Chloe Quenum, Hicham Berrada, Daiga Grantina, Massinissa Selmani, Mohammed Bourouissa. In addition, she will visit galleries Untilthen, Joseph Tang, Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Kamel Mennour, and have conversations with curators such as Yoann Gourmel (Palais de Tokyo), Sandra Adam-Couralet (PDT), Yung Ma (Centre Pompidou), and Myriam Ben Salah whil pursing the project.


Natasha Marie Llorens

Doctoral Candidate, Independent Curator

Columbia University, New York
New York, NY
Project title: Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Algerian Contemporary Art

Natasha Marie Llorens is conducting initial research for an exhibition project focused on artists and filmmakers working in the Algerian diaspora in France. She defines these artists as those who claim a diasporic identity, or by self-identification. This project is conceived as a broad survey exhibition, both of established French artists and filmmakers of Algerian backgrounds, such as Kader Attia, Mohammed Bourouissa, Yazid Oulab, Katia Kameli and Fayçal Baghriche, and of those from the generation now coming of age in a post-civil war Algeria and in its diaspora, including Hassan Ferhani, Carole Doulliard, Samir Ramdani, Oussama Tabti, Dania Reymond, and Neïl Beloufa.

She will do a research in the Cnap collection, studio visits or interviews with artists, curators, and critics working with the Algerian Diaspora in France, an archival research in the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Archives Nationale on artists held by the Cnap, and interviews with curators and writers associated with the Algerian scene in Paris, including Caroline Hancock, Fanny Gillet-Ouhenia, Morad Montazami, and Zahia Rahmani. Her travel in France will take place in October-December 2018, and the show will be on view at the Wallach Art Gallery from October 25, 2019 to March 15-2020. An extensive catalogue is planned for the exhibition, as well as a film and performance program.




Pierre Paulin

Residency in collaboration with The Emily Harvey Foundation
New York, NY
Project title: Perfumes from New York

Last October, Pierre Paulin presented his first significant personal exhibition at LePlateau/ Frac Ile-de-France, in Paris. For this show, he wrote eleven essays, most of them translated into English, and published 3 books that were edited and designed to be read out loud. Just like how sculptures activate the space within museums and galleries, the texts, when read out loud, diffuse the textual and poetic ambiance in the daily life. A four-month residency in NYC will allow Pierre Paulin to continue this body of work: there he would compose and edit two new books, written in collaboration with the New York based poet Tan Lin, an old partner of his. The two books will focus on the notion of perfume: its history and social, cognitive and memorial virtues. “Perfurmes of NYC 1&2” : the first book will sample perfumes worn by the people whom Paulin and Lin frequent during the residency time in NY, constructing a layout of a collection of perfumes that replays their encounters in NYC. For the second book, they will work on the notion of hygiene – the use of perfumes to mask odors and its use in public space. They will document a street in NYC, in relation to its smell and their potential messages, through a textual description of their natures and effects. These books are supposed to be read out loud, by the authors themselves and by others, including curators, gallery directors, docents, etc. In September 2018, these books will be presented at the Emily Harvey Foundation.


Arnaud Dezoteux

Residency in collaboration with Mayeur Projects
Las Vegas, NM
Project title: The New Kid

For his project “The New Kid”, which will take the form of a movie and a solo exhibition in Mayeur Projects gallery, Arnaud Dezoteux draws upon the abundant mythology surrounding Billy the Kid’s life, famous outlaw who lived a large part of his life in New Mexico. The legend says that Billy the Kid was put in jail in the old adobe building which is now the back part of Mayeur Projects gallery. His research project is consistent with his previous videos: where the question of the myth and the idealized image of a personality (in the cultural industries) confronts with the sociocultural realities that influence our perceptions and feed our worship.

Why to choose the life of The Kid? Because it is a symbol of youth and transgression, which keeps on feeding the craziest hypotheses as for the progress of life. Full of holes and untruths, the elements taken from fictionalized books, contradictory biographies, and even sometimes from false or unfounded testimonies are debated for the greater part. Unwillingly, The Kid anticipates in a posthumous way an organized legend such as are the alternative facts today. And as in all the stories that became legends, the real life of The Kid is flooded in the fictional references which define it today. We think obviously of the Wild West and its folk representations, its film clichés. The stake thus is to imagine a project where the past returns in echo with the present, the reality with the fictions that it produces, and the truthfulness of the facts with their fantasized interpretations. What would Billy the Kid have done if he had wanted to be an outlaw today? How would he get weapons? What would be his means of transport and his strategies? How would his confrontation with law enforcement look like? Beyond collecting the testimonies and the expertise of people living on the spot, the project will also adapt the events to our time, filming on green screen and in the public space, to demonstrate an updated version of the life of the Kid. Residency: April-June 2019



Represented by Galerie Les Filles du Calvaires
Residency in collaboration with E.A.R.T.H. Lab, University of Californian in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Project title: Desideration

Through the project «Desideration», SMITH plans to explore the links which unite contemporary humankind with its stellar origin. The neologism «Desidération», forged on the etymology of the word «desire», denotes nostalgia, the painful lack of a celestial object that has disappeared. Designed as an archipelic project, a «hub» between art, philosophy and sciences, «Desidération » will be composed of photographs, videos, sculptures, performances, theoretical work, as well as a VR short film. This project will be carried out in collaboration with several research labs in France and in the United States. The objectives of the residency are at the crossroads between workshop creations, residencies in laboratories and filming within specific territories in the USA (Arizona). During the residency January-March 2019), SMITH will: conduct research in the laboratory EARTH Lab at the University of California/Santa Cruz and work with researchers Donna Harraway, Beth Stevens and Annie Sprinkle; write the “Desiderated Manifesto” a speculative and theoretical text about the link between humankind and cosmos; conceive a performance and give it onsite; shoot a fiction film in VR within the Meteor Crater (Arizona); make a series of photographs and produce a series of 3D sculptures, printed on meteorites.


Boris Chouvellon

Residency in collaboration with Show Gallery, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Project title: Cruising on empty

Boris Chouvellon’s work arises during travel, while driving to the steering wheels of cars. He gleans short videos of moving platforms in the landscape and on various architectural form within it, capturing the archetypes of what will be his next proposals in terms of sculptures, installations or photos. This process goes and comes continuously between the outside, the studio and the space of exhibition.

His project, « Cruising on empty », is closely related to the city of Los Angeles, its periphery, its roads and coastlines. The automobile, one of the heaviest products of advanced modernity and the road, one of the most interventionist infrastructures in nature, will be the central element of his project. He will navigate the hollowed landscapes, and others saturated by signs in spaces constructed for settlement. Stalking vacuity, the vanity of the spaces proposed, stalking entropic ruins, this mechanism, which suspends, and even abolishes time and linearity according to the artist Robert Smithson. He will confront himself to new landscapes new recordings in the infrastructures that provide rest, meals and entertainment such as "motels", "dinner", "gas stations" and "amusement park" or also abandoned swimming pools - all these construct an integral whole and often mark the origin of the iconography of Hios sculptures and installations. These are the figures that inhabit our unconsciousness, referring to a certain modernity. The objective of his research is then about checking various movements that may be at work in this typology established from 1960s. Residency : Nov & Dec 2018 ; Jan & Feb 2019.  



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