The Cafe de Flore in Paris
My department (GFA) has begun a faculty exchange with ENSAPC (Ecole Nationale Superieure d Art Paris-Cergy) in Paris. ... I was a Professor-in-Residence at Paris-Cergy for two weeks and stayed a third week because I was able to dovetail with spring break. While there I gave a lecture about my work and my department, as well as doing studio visits with the graduate students.
When not at Clergy I used my time in Paris to read several of the works of the bisexual existential author Violette Leduc, including her little know autobiographical volume of lesbian erotic love Terérèse and Isabelle. I visited Cafe Flore, where Violette Leduc had her first meeting with Simone de Beauvoir, who discovered her. I spent time in as many museums as I could and I was inspired in particular by the Max Ernst collages. The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, a natural history museum that invites contemporary artists to make work within the collection, was another exceptional find, as were the Diego Giacometti lamps at the Musée Picasso.
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