© Meredith Mullins
© Meredith Mullins


New time slots
Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou – Permanent Collection
This season, the Look & Learn program takes young visitors on a tour of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. These visits, revolving around the theme “What is good art?” provide an opportunity to rediscover some of the most emblematic works of the collection, while focusing on a selection of artworks by various American contemporary artists including Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis and Robert Rauschenberg.

→ Reservations: Efrén Hernandez, programmes@monabismarck.org


→ For individual visitors, free, without reservation



From October 16th 2018 to January 27th 2019
NOVEMBER 14th, DECEMBER 5th, 12th, and 19th 2018, JANUARY 16th, and 23th 2019 AT 11.A.M

The Politics of Seeing features major works by the world famous American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1966), some of which have never before been exhibited in France. It features five specific series: the Depression period (1933-1934), a selection of works from the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a series on a Public defender (1955-1957). Over one hundred splendid vintage prints taken between 1933 and 1957 are enhanced by the presence of documents and screenings broadening the scope of an œuvre often familiar to the public through images such as White Angel Breadline (1933) and Migrant Mother(1936), which are icons of photographic history.

→ For more information: http://www.jeudepaume.org/?page=article&idArt=3017
→ Reservations: Efrén Hernandez, programmes@monabismarck.org



April 18th at 9. 40 A.M. & April 25th at 10.15 A.M.

In the spring of 2018, Culturespaces and the Musée Jacquemart-André will be holding a major retrospective devoted to Mary Cassatt (1844–1926). Considered during her lifetime as the
greatest American artist, Cassatt lived in France for more than sixty years. She was the only American painter to have exhibited her work with the Impressionists in Paris.
→ For more information: http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/fr/mary-cassatt
→ Reservations: Efrén Hernandez, programmes@monabismarck.org


EDGAR ARCENEAUX – Centre Pompidou – Studio 13/16

From March 10th to April 8th 2018

Artists living in Los Angeles, Edgar Arceneaux and his colleague Kurt Forman, give young visitors a chance to create short films along the lines of Hulk Alter You! (2012), produced by Beyond Entertainment, a mashup of movie clips questioning popular entertainment and its political and social nuances. Several workstations are available dedicated to the various stages of production so that everyone gets to play a part in video creation, from the script through to staging. Using excerpts from well-known feature films mixed with videos shot by workshop participants, build new scenarios, borrowing from advertising and questioning social standards, identity and community issues, in order to create a unique dialogue between the participants and the two artists, between France and the United States. At Studio 13/16 you already have one foot in the USA.

Movies’ projection will take place at Cinema 1 in Centre Pompidou on April 8th, at 2.30 pm with the artist himself, who will come back for the occasion.
→ For more information: https://www.centrepompidou.fr/cpv/ressource
→ Reservations: Efrén Hernandez, programmes@monabismarck.org
Educational document

→ For individual visitors, free, without reservation



IRVING PENN – Grand Palais
From September 21st 2017 to January 29th 2018 

The year 2017 celebrates the centenary of Irving Penn’s birth, one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Grand Palais pays tribute to this talented artist, famous for his photographs of major personalities such as Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. His work is characterized by an elegant simplicity and a remarkable rigor, from the studio to the print to which Penn grants meticulous care. Remaining faithful to studio photography, he creates, in each portrait, a true intimacy with the model, which is the signature of Irving Penn.
→ For more information: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/irving-penn
→ Reservations: Efrén Hernandez, programmes@monabismarck.org

WALKER EVANS- Musée National d’Art Moderne du Centre Pompidou

Wednesdays and Thursdays afternnons of April and May

Walker Evans (1903 – 1975) is one of the most important photographs of the 20th century. His shots of America during the 1930s crisis, his projects published in the Fortune magazine between 1940 and 1950, and his definition of “the documentary style” have influenced several generations of photographs and artists.  The exhibition is built as a retrospective of Walker Evans’ works, and aims to highlight the artists fascination for the vernacular culture.
→ Reservation and registration: Danielle Berger Fortier, (+33) ou dfortier[@]monabismarck.org

PETER CAMPUS, VIDEO ERGO SUM – Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume

Wednesdays of March and April – 11 A.M.

The American artist Peter Campus (born in 1937 in New York) is one of the most influential pioneers in video. Peter Campus: Video Ergo Sum is his first French monographic exhibition. It redraws his career, from his researches on video in the 1970s to his most recent work in numerical video, and invites the students to discover this restructuration of subjectivity by themselves, in real time.
→ Reservation and registration for the visit of the 28th of February: (+33) or
→ Reservation and registration: Danielle Berger Fortier, (+33) ou dfortier[@]monabismarck.org


ANDY WARHOL – Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
From October 2, 2015 to February 7, 2016

On the occasion of the first European showing of Shadows (1978-79) in all its totality, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is having an exceptional exhibit dedicated to Andy Warhol (1928-1987). With over 200 works, the exhibition emphasizes the serial dimension of Warhol’s work, an essential aspect of his process, and his ability to rethink the principles of art exhibition.

From October 20, 2015 to February 24, 2016

The photographer Philippe Halsman (Riga, Lettonia, 1906 – New York, 1979) led a 40-year-long exemplary career, from his beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to the immense success of his New York studio between 1940 and 1970. This exhibition brings to light the ensemble of his work through almost 300 pieces which provide unique insight into the work and process of an exceptional and atypical photographer.

PICASSO MANIA – Grand Palais
From October 7, 2015 to February 24, 2016

The exhibition revisits the fecund confrontation with Picasso’s work that contemporary artists engaged in after the 1960s. At times chronological and thematic, the exhibition retraces different moments of the critical and artistic reception of Picasso’s work, the stages of the creation of the myth associated with his name. The contemporary works of American artists such as Johns, Lichtenstein, Kippenberger, Warhol, Basquiat and Jeff Koons respond to Picasso’s main stylistic phases and certain emblematic works, such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica.
The Grand Palais and the Mona Bismarck American Center continue their collaboration within the framework of the Picasso Mania exhibition. English language guided tours of the exhibition may be reserved online on the ticketing system.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Théâtre du Chatelet
From November 27, 2015 to January 15, 2016

The sequence in which Gene Kelly dances in the rain embodies the golden age of Hollywood’s musical comedies. The song and its immediately memorizable melody has been covered and cited innumerable times. Nacio Herbert Brown and Arthur Freed’s composition has toured the world since its creation in 1929. In 1952, Freed, who had become an important Hollywood producer, put his songs end to end to write the film (in the same manner of An American in Paris a year earlier). The artistic team is led by the director Robert Carsen who put on Bernstein’s Candide at the Théâtre Châtelet (2006) and Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady (2010).


HENRY DARGER – Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
From May 28 to October 11, 2015

Following a remarkable donation of 45 works by the artist’s estate in 2012–2013, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting an exhibition to a 20th-century legend: Henry Darger (1892-1973). Complemented by loans from international institutions, the exhibition recreates the imaginary world of an artist now recognized as one of the major representatives of Outsider Art. Self-taught and long a marginal figure on the art scene, Darger created a unique personal realm, a strangely singular mix of historical narrative and American popular culture.

From April 8 to June 22, 2015
EACH WEDNESDAY AT at 10:45 a.m.

This exhibition presents 60 emblematic works from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fisher collection, one of the world’s largest private modern and contemporary art collections, now curated by the museum.

During a temporary closure for extensions, the SFMOMA has sent its fantastic collection of contemporary and modern artworks on tour. In France, the south-west gallery of the Grand Palais will host the greatest 20th-century American artists: Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Chuck Close and many more.

FASHION MIX : MODE D’ICI, CRÉATEURS D’AILLEURS – Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration
From December 9, 2014 to May 31, 2015
FRIDAYS AT 10 a.m.

From personal narratives to the history of fashion, Fashion Mix tells the immigration story – a story of foreign-born artisans and designers who helped make Paris the international capital of fashion that we know today. Fashion Mix is an exhibition in honor of the French fashion know-how that American, Russian, Armenian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese designers spread worldwide. From Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens, to Azzedine Alaïa and Issey Miyake, or even Cristóbal Balenciaga, foreign designers and artistic directors have revolutionized French fashion and enriched its history. The Look & Learn visits will concentrate on American designers and their historical and cultural context.

TARYN SIMON – Musée du Jeu de Paume
From February 24 to May 17, 2015
EACH FRIDAY AT 11:00 a.m.

The work of Taryn Simon results from rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy and the precarious nature of survival. Combining photography, text, and graphic design, her conceptual projects address the production and circulation of knowledge and the politics of representation.

On view at the exhibition are experts from major projects, including “The Innocents” (2002), “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” (2007), “Contraband” (2010), “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII” (2011) and “The Picture Collection” (2013). These works address issues such as the gap between individual and group, perceptions of danger, bloodlines, and humanity’s perpetual desire to archive and organize visual information. It is the first monographic exhibition of the artist’s work in France.

January 19, 2015

With the support of the Embassy of the United States in Paris, Grammy-nominated, New Orleans-born Native American Grayhawk Perkins, accompanied by the Mezcal Jazz Unit, will perform “13 Moons,” a unique blend of blues, jazz, folk and rock intertwined with tribal rhythms and themes. The compositions by Perkins, lead vocalist and lyricist, are based on traditional songs and refer to the 13 moons of the Native American calendar. Mixed with harmonies and rhythms from the world of jazz and rock, the result is an upbeat sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences.

Sessions will each be an hour long. Grayhawk Perkins will be story telling about the “13 moons” and discussing Native American culture. The visit will end with a short musical performance.

GARRY WINOGRAND – Musée du Jeu de Paume
From October 14 to February 8, 2015

Students discovered American life in the United States during the 1960s through the black and white photographs of Garry Winogrand. Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., this exhibition gathered some of Winogrand’s most emblematic images as well as previously unreleased photographs found in his archives after his death in 1984.

“Central Park Zoo, New York” – 1967 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

From June 6 to February 8, 2015

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation, Musée Carnavalet featured images of wartime Paris with exclusive, diverse testimonies of the momentous occasion. Students had the opportunity to explore and discuss the impact of the Liberation from the French and American perspectives.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Théâtre du Châtelet
Clarence Tokley (based in Paris), led the workshop in English for the students

From November 22 to January 4, 2015

Students who attended a performance of “An American in Paris” at Théâtre du Châtelet continued their American musical experience with a workshop at the Mona Bismarck American Center, led by Clarence Tokley.

Through the use of various theatre and improvisation activities students explored the culture and relationships between the French and Americans in Paris at that time. Students had the used English and theatre as interactive tools to recreate and discuss moments and places that inspired the musical and film.

Clarence Tokley is an American teacher, filmmaker, writer and corporate coach based in Paris.

SUPERHEORES: THE ART OF ALEX ROSS – Mona Bismarck American Center
From March 5 to June 15, 2014

After a Look & Learn tour of the exhibition, students designed their own superheroes and described in English, its superpowers as well as its arch nemesis. The students’ works were exhibited in a gallery at the Mona Bismarck American Center for the duration of the Superheroes exhibition.

YOUSOUF KARSH: ICONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY – Mona Bismarck American Center
From October 16 to January 26, 2014

Students learned about the American and French icons of the last century who were captured in the images of Yousuf Karsh; many who were unfamiliar to today’s generation.
After a Look & Learn tour, students selected a photograph from the exhibit and stylized a portrait where they “became” the icon for one brief click of the shutter. Students subsequently researched their icon and wrote an essay in English, about how their chosen icon had an impact on the world. The photos and essays were exhibited at the Mona Bismarck American Center throughout the Karsh exhibition.

They are talking about it

As head of the department Practices and Programming at the Centre Pompidou, what do you consider to be the keys to cultural mediation ?
It seems to me that there are no keys in mediation, there are artworks, creators, places and visitors to connect, a connection which can take multiple forms, depending on the first three parameters. Nevertheless, in this kind of work, sharing, exchange and pleasure are the underlying principles that must always remain present.

Why did you agree to collaborate with the Look & Learn program ?

The Center’s educational program Look & Learn is based on shared values: curiosity of otherness and intercultural exchange.
Can you share an anecdote, a moment that particularly touched you during your work as Head of Practices and Programming at the Centre Pompidou?
During the last program with American artist Edgar Arceneaux (March 2018), at the Studio 13/16, a group of teenagers were invited to make short films, based on mash-up techniques, from excerpts of American cinema classics of the 80’s, to understand the political nature of a film, regardless of its popular success. A group of young, unaccompanied migrant minors participated in this activity. They did not know how to shoot or edit a movie when they arrived, but they learned. They returned individually until they finished their short film. Some had distorted the images of E.T. to talk about the “modern migrant” and others, to address the issue of bullying