Identities in Exile: War, Love, Art and Democracy in the Paris-Harlem of the Roaring Twenties
Teacher: A. Protopappas
Thursdays: 4-6 p.m.
Our 10-week Salon Series (a true "pilates of the mind!") will take place online this fall, starting October 6 and ending on December 15 and it will unfold as follows:
At a time when national conversations around identity can be challenging on both sides of the Atlantic, our Salon Fall Series invites you to a refreshing journey, one century ago to the Paris of the Roaring Twenties: a city eager to celebrate Jazz, Joie de Vivre, love, and democracy in the wake of a devastating Spanish Influenza pandemic and a destructive world conflict that ripped apart the old order of things, while creating unprecedented opportunities to re-invent oneself through the transformative power of art to articulate new conceptions of identity and citizenship.
Come discover the extraordinary number and diversity of American exiles who crossed the Atlantic, emulated by Lindberg, and explore their countless contributions to democratic freedoms and the Paris cultural avant-garde of Cubism, Dadaïsme, Surrealism, and Existentialism. We will examine the reasons why Paris and Harlem bloomed into thriving cultural hubs and interacting spaces of artistic expression, vibrant encounters, and cross-pollination among artists from all corners of the world and Empires who foremost defined themselves as individuals and free thinkers, firmly challenging conformity and tribalism.
Join us and follow in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein and her legendary Salon guests Picasso and Hemingway, Sylvia Beach and her Parisian Shakespeare & Co, iconic performers Josephine Baker and “Bricktop,” Peggy Guggenheim, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Berenice Abbott, Gwendolyn Bennett, Augusta Savage and so many lesser-known but equally fascinating others in the wandering streets of Paris, straddling the banks of the Seine from Montmartre to Saint Germain, before hopping on a Harlem tour to trace the hot spots and inspiring figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Open to everyone eager to engage in our Salon’s Pilates of the Mind!