Entre Cour et Jardin: l’Hôtel Particulier · A Peek Behind the Closed Doors

Entre Cour et Jardin: l’Hôtel Particulier · A Peek Behind the Closed Doors

With Lisa Wainwright as originally written by Jean Goldman | in English

Wednesday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Individual Lecture Tickets - $45
54 W. Chicago Avenue

Online registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Merci !

The 2018 Symposium on the Arts of France
May 2, May 16 and June 6, 2018

May, 2 Lecture - Pomp, Intrigue and Les Liaisons Dangereuses

This lecture traces the early history of Parisian palaces built by nobles and financiers. In recording the domestic ideal of eighteenth century Stately Mansions, the lecture brings to life the gallantry, aspirations, display and pomp that existed side by side with sexual intrigue and intellectual salons, gathering places for Voltaire and philosophes of the Enlightenment. The style of the rococo reigned supreme as seen in the work of the noted architects and in the sumptuous interiors with magnificent furniture and panels by Fragonard. Touring multiple rooms, admiring the extravagant interiors of their grand salons to their bedrooms, we will peek behind all the doors.
Coffee served at 11:00 a.m. Talk starts at 11:30 a.m.


This lecture is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Dr Jean Goldman.


About our speaker...

Lisa Wainwright has served in a number of key administrative positions in her 28-year tenure at SAIC and is currently the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Previously she was the Dean of Graduate Studies for eight years, and before that she was the elected undergraduate division chair for five years. She began her administrative career as the director of the graduate program in Art History. As a professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, Lisa has authored numerous articles in books, international professional journals, and exhibition catalogues. She lectures widely on topics from Rauschenberg and the history of the found object in art to contemporary art and the rise of a neo-decadent movement at the turn of the 20th Century. Lisa was named one of the Top Ten Most Influential Cultural Leaders in Chicago by NewCity Art.

Jean Goldman was a noted art historian specializing in Renaissance art. In over thirty years of a distinguished career of teaching and writing, she had also been a museum director, curator, consultant and collector. Since 1972 she was associated with The Art Institute of Chicago in a variety of capacities, as author, symposium and program organizer, frequent lecturer, and philanthropic supporter. She was a member of the AIC Board of Trustees and the Woman’s Board and served on several advisory committees. In addition, she was an honorary member of the Old Masters Society. Dr. Goldman had a long affiliation with the University of Chicago where she received her B.A., M.A, and Ph.D degrees, lectured and curated exhibitions for the Smart Museum, was Director of the Renaissance Society and served on the Visiting Committee for the Visual Arts. Formerly a member of the Alliance Française Board of Directors, she was also a longtime member of its Woman’s Board.


Symposium series - Entre Cour et Jardin: L'Hôtel Particulier

In discovering the poetry of cities, the Seventeenth- Century enjoyed and cultivated the attractions of life lived therein. Simultaneously, it discovered the charms and pleasures of private life as opposed to the pomp and circumstance of the court. These revelations led to a Renaissance in domestic architecture and decoration which this lecture series will explore. Construction of stately mansions required changes in interiors, decorative arts and the way rooms were lived in. It spawned the development of the intellectual salons, often presided over by women, where wit and conversation were the calling card and flirtation was de rigueur. Three eminent historians, will guide us on a grand tour of a Paris you may never have seen.

May, 16 at 11:30 a.m. - Empire Entertaining in the Hôtel Particulier

June, 6 at 11:30 a.m. - From Quai Voltaire to Fifth Avenue


The Symposium on the Arts of France, a cultural program of the Alliance Française de Chicago, is also a fundraising event providing support for our cultural, educational and outreach programming each year. The Alliance Française is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.