The exhibition La Peinture américaine des années 1930: The Age of Anxiety, on view at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris from October 11, 2016 to January 30, 2017, examines the consequences of the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression on American painting. This exhibition, which is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and will also travel to the Royal Academy in London, provides an occasion for reconsidering the realist aesthetic that bore witness to the difficulties of the time and for (re)opening debates around the creation of a distinctly American art. The exhibition will include a number of icons of American painting from the 1930s, such as American Gothic by Grant Wood, which are not always understood as being particularly linked to this moment in American history. In this event, Laurence des Cars, chief curator and director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, and Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac, professor at Sciences Po, will engage in a dialogue inspired by this exhibition, exploring themes of national narratives and transatlantic perspective and touching upon corollary issues like cultural translation and adaptation.
This dialogue is part of the annual Semaine des cultures étrangères, organized by the Forum des instituts culturels étrangers à Paris (FICEP).
This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in French. Please RSVP by September 23 to: