Paris, known as the City of Light, has long exerted a powerful appeal as one of the world’s most important locations for art and culture. Join Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History and a former resident of Paris, for a vicarious visit to her favorite city. Her richly illustrated presentations focus on the major artists and monuments of Paris from its earliest beginning until today.
The city of Paris underwent a major renovation under Georges-Eugene Haussmann. Daily life there is documented in witty cartoons drawn by Honoré Daumier. Attend an opera at the 19th-century Baroque Revival Palais Garnier — where the ballerinas depicted by Edgar Degas — might have danced and visit the Beaux-Arts Grand Palais. Designed by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower bearing his name rises above Paris and has become the symbol of France. In the 20th Century, Art Nouveau (New Art) entrances were built to the Paris Metro. Among the famous artists working in Paris were Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Constantin Brancusi, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Victor Vasarely and Niki de Saint Phalle. The extraordinary Pompidou Center displays recent art in a museum built inside out!
This program will run 12-2:30 pm and includes a short break with a light Parisian snack.