Symposium on the Arts of France 2021

La Vie dans le Jardin

This year, the Alliance Française de Chicago's Symposium on the Arts of France focuses on the magnificent French garden! Not only its historical evolution but also the art and beauty of these iconic retreats, while capturing what went on while no one was looking... Whether conceived for the pleasure of a king, a queen or a mere mortal, the garden has always been a place to display wealth, power, and peace.

Join us as we explore what life was like in the French garden! Learn more and register for the lectures below: 


Experiencing the Gardens of Versailles


Thursday, September 9
11:30 a.m. • Online & On-Site
Speaker: Larry Norman
Distinguished Professor,
University of Chicago


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Jardins en Exposition


Wednesday, September 22 
11:30 a.m. • Online
Speaker: Laurent Le Bon
President,
Centre Pompidou


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Les Jardins des Vicomtes du Bizarre


Wednesday, September 29
11:30 a.m. • Online & On-Site
Speaker: Mitchell Owens
Former Decorative Arts Editor,
Architectural Digest


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Sponsors & Patron Committee

Grand Patrons

Laurie V. Bay • Mary S. Blust* • Myriam Bransfield • Betsy Holleb Karp • Virginia Boyles Lawless • Janis W. Notz • Betsey N. Pinkert • D. Elizabeth Price • Carole R. Sandner • Cheryl Sandner • Pauline Kurtides Sheehan • Laraine P. Spector • Liz Stiffel • Nancy Traylor • Leslie Zentner

Patrons

Elisabeth Adams • Mary H. Anderson • Lisa W. Bailey • Frances Blair • Suzette Bulley • Laurie Cherbonnier • Mary Ellen Connellan • Kathleen Cook • Lidia Devonshire • Annie Ergas • Lili Gaubin • Susan Hillman • Jan Jentes* • Anne Tower Krauss • Fred and Jeanne Lewin • Lisa Klimley Malkin • John G. W. McCord • Suzanne C. McCormick • Donna McKinney • Carol Montag • Jody E. Pelletiere • Diana Senior • Beth Smetana • Mary K. Swift • Elizabeth Thiele • Margaret Abbott Trboyevic • H. Randolph and Nancy S. Williams

*deceased


To join the 2021 Symposium Patron Committee as a Patron or Grand Patron, please click here


If you are interested in supporting the 2021 Symposium on the Arts of France as a Sponsor, please contact Conery Hoffman at choffm[email protected]