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Albertine Books Opens in New York

Posted in books by Editor on October 10, 2014

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It’s an intriguing model for a what bookstore might be, a model that underscores the cultural and ideological work such a store can do, and this at a time when we seem to hear only about the economics of bookstores. William Grimes covers the story for The New York Times (9 October 2014). The next step will be getting the store to host an eighteenth-century festival. CH

From the Albertine:

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York is pleased to announce the opening of Albertine Books in French and English, the new reading room and bookshop devoted to works in French and in translation on Saturday September 27, 2014. Named after the beautiful, omnipresent and unknowable female character in Marcel Proust’s classic In Search of Lost Time, Albertine will offer the most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in New York, with over 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries in genres including novels, non-fiction, art, comic, or children’s books.

Housed in one of the few remaining iconic Stanford White-designed mansions on Fifth Avenue, Albertine was designed and fashioned by French architect Jacques Garcia, in the model of a grand private French library. The two-floor space includes a reading room and inviting nooks furnished with lush sofas and armchairs.

Albertine will also be a venue for French-American and European-American debates and discussions on subjects varying from politics to economics to art, literature or sciences and will explore classical culture through a modern and global lens. To highlight its role as an exciting new hub for intellectual debate in New York City, Albertine will present a six-night festival from October 14–19, curated by cultural critic and author Greil Marcus, featuring French and American artists and thinkers.

The Albertine team looks forward to welcoming you to our bookshop!

Spread the word to all your francophile and francophone friends.

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th & 79th street)

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday and Saturday: 11–7
Friday: 11–10
Sunday: 11–6

Follow Albertine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @albertinebooks

Conference | Artistic Circulation between Rome and Lisbon

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 10, 2014

Projects, Models, and Artistic Circulation between Rome and Lisbon in the Eighteenth Century
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 7 November 2014

This international workshop deals with the richness and complexity of the international relations between Lisbon and Rome in the eighteenth century. The transcendence of the Roman Paradigm is well documented in Portugal, but the Lusitanian Rome is still a topic of research that deserves better attention. From a multidisciplinary approach the participants of this workshop are trying to shed some light on a some sort of Iberian Grand Tour.

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From the conference programme:

Projectos, Modelos, e Circulação Artística entre Lisboa e Roma no Sécolo XVIII
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 7 November 2014

FlyerA partir de várias formas de produção artística, assim como de diferentes métodos de investigação, este seminário pretende apreender a complexidade do século XVIII como plataforma de circulação de modelos, actores e projectos, tendo como foco o eixo Roma-Lisboa. As relações entre ambas cidades são postas em relevo com o objectivo de determinar a presença e a importância do mundo ibérico no fenómeno transnacional do Gran Tour, bem como a sua possível participação na República das Letras, tendo em conta que a tradição historiográfica europeia costuma excluir o âmbito ibérico nessas áreas. Assim, o estudo dessas relações permitirá reconsiderar o papel delas no seio dos desafios europeus da época no domínio da arte.

Nessa perspectiva, os olhares cruzados entre estudos específicos e complementares nos campos da música, das artes visuais e da arquitetura pretendem consolidar uma abordagem multidisciplinar dos fenómenos artísticos duma forma global no século XVIII e favorecer um foro de discussão entre os diversos especialistas.

The conference flyer is available here»