Photo Exhibition: Au Cœur de Mai 68

Photo Exhibition: Au Cœur de Mai 68

Exhibition open to the public during our business hours through September 9th.

Monday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Vernissage · Free Admission · In English
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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



Photo Exhibition : Au Cœur de Mai '68   by Philippe Gras.

Mai 68, 50 years ago: France is on the brink of a revolution. Factories are occupied. Ten million workers are on strike. Students take to the streets of Paris and set the Bourse de Paris is on fire. May 68 will rock the French society to its foundation.

We commemorate the French Spring of 68 with a series of 43 captioned black and white photographs by Philippe Gras taken in Paris during “the events.” These images, discovered in the photographer’s personal archive shortly after his death in 2007, are remarkable both for their artistic quality and for the power with which they depict the spirit of this time.

On Monday, July 9th, join us for a guided tour of the exhibition with our Learning Center director Geoffrey Ruiz, and the screening of the 2-part documentary  Mai 68: un étrange printemps by Dominique Beaux (2018, 180 min, French with English subtitles) featuring first-person accounts by politicians, union representatives, and law enforcement. Feel free to drop in and drop out!

6:00 p.m. Film screening, part 1, Mai 68: un étrange printemps (90 min.)

7:30 p.m. Guided tour of exhibition with Geoffrey Ruiz

8:00 p.m. Film screening, part 2, Mai 68: un étrange printemps (90 min.)


This exhibition is made possible by the Association des Amis de Philippe Gras, les Films des quatre planètes and organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago in partnership with the France Chicago Center at the University of Chicago.


Geoffrey Ruiz

Geoffrey has spent most of his life in Paris where he received a Masters in Education (CAPES) and a Masters in Literature from La Sorbonne. After working as a school monitor and teaching in middle school, high school, and community college institutions for 7 years, he moved to Chicago to teach French at the University of Illinois. An avid reader and traveler, Geoffrey enjoys exploring American culture and has visited more than 30 states since 2003. The past 3 years living in Chicago have allowed him to deepen his understanding of intercultural communication while putting him in a unique position to share his own language with others. His experience, passion and high energy will be at your service to help you learn the French language and connect with French culture.

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