Join Les Historiennes for a romp through this period of radical change and rich social, artistic, and cultural collaborations. War-weary France was ready to embrace new movements that emerged both within France and from influences and emigrés from abroad. It was when Art Deco replaced Art Nouveau and café society flourished in Montparnasse, settled by American expatriates and international artists such as Soutine, Modigliani, and Chagal. Surrealism emerged in literature, art, and film.
Entertainment was transformed as nightlife was influenced by American culture, especially Josephine Baker and the Harlem Hellfighters of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the instigators of “ragtimitis in France!” Radio became the preferred vehicle for the new mass culture. The body gained a new freedom, as seen in the renewal of ballet, the popularity of sports spectacles, the garçonne (flapper) look in fashion, and the little black dress – precisely in 1926. There was a boom in industry once the nation had reconstructed from WWI. It all came to an end after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which reached Europe two years later.
We’ll explore this exciting era through three Zoom lectures–an overview by author Mary McAuliffe, a presentation by Fiona Casey on abortion and other women’s issues, and a discussion of books by Ernest Hemingway and Janet Flanner. We’ll be guided (in person) through the Musée d’Art Moderne by Chris Boicos, attend a jazz concert at the Bal Blomet, visit the new expo of ’20s artists at the Musée du Luxembourg, hang out at the piano bar of the Closerie des Lilas, and enjoy a tour of places featured in the film Midnight in Paris.
Events are open to members of AAWE and the American Women’s Group – Paris, and to guests. You can register for the events below. Be sure to register, even for events that are free, so that we can know how many participants to expect. If you must cancel because you are unable to attend, please let the AAWE office know. We look forward to seeing you!