We'll Always Have Paris: 20th Century French Art as Seen by Great Americans

The Spring 2022 Course is full but we can add you to a waitlist and inform you if a spot opens or if we run a second section. Please let us know if you wish to be added by emailing us at sps.cala@nyu.edu
This course is an American love letter to The City of Lights, viewed through the eyes of a whole coterie of American artists, poets, writers, collectors and composers, who found freedom and stimulation in Paris on a scale not to be found elsewhere. Their story is greatly enriched by their French contemporaries, seminal figures of French twentieth-century art––Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Léger, Braque, Bonnard, Giacometti, Balthus––and the vital art world in which they all coexisted and thrived. Among the most famous American expatriates were Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemmingway, Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, Alexander Calder, Man Ray, Peggy Guggenheim, James Baldwin, Joan Mitchell, and Ellsworth Kelly. These luminaries will serve as our expert guides through the streets of Paris and its art studios, museums, galleries, and hidden treasures. A series of Hollywood classics, from “An American in Paris” to “Funny Face,” as well as American art-historian Jed Perl’s remarkable ode to Paris, “Paris Without End: On French Art Since World War I,” will accompany our study of the French avant-garde and its subsequent impact on American culture. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with famous French and American artists of the 20th century
  • Knowledge about the French avant-garde’s influence on American culture

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing art professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.