Entre Cour et Jardin: l’Hôtel Particulier · From Quai Voltaire to Fifth Avenue

Entre Cour et Jardin: l’Hôtel Particulier · From Quai Voltaire to Fifth Avenue

With Daniëlle Kisluk Grosheide | in English

Wednesday, June 6 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

June, 6 Lecture - From Quai Voltaire to Fifth Avenue, The Wrightsman Galleries at the Met

Among the highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are the famed Wrightsman Galleries. These splendid galleries include seven paneled rooms from French aristocratic mansions which after different peregrinations ended up in New York. These elegant rooms form the setting for the Museum’s strong collections of eighteenth-century decorative arts including many treasures from the French royal collections. The Wrightsman galleries offer the visitor an opportunity to be seduced and delighted as well as a chance to recapture the past.
Coffee at 11:00 a.m. Talk starts at 11:30 a.m.


About our speaker...

Daniëlle Kisluk Grosheide is the Henry R. Kravis Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was responsible for the 2007 renovation of the Wrightsman Galleries, has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects in the field of the Decorative Arts, and has co-organized various exhibitions, including in 2013: Salvaging the Past. Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Bard Graduate Center, New York. She is the co-curator of the current exhibition Les Visiteurs de Versailles, voyageurs, princes, ambassadeurs (1682-1789) which is held at the Château de Versailles and will open at The Met in April 2018.


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, 2 at 11:30 a.m. - A Peek Behind the Closed Doors

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


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.