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Existing Regardless: Mary Cassatt

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Paris by AndieLeave a Comment

This spring, the Musée Jacquemart-André is hosting an exhibition titled Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris, the first retrospective of Cassatt’s work held in France since the artist’s death in 1926. As a woman, Cassatt faced challenges in the art world: initially barred from entering the École des Beaux Arts, blocked from exhibitions requiring French nationality, and continually overlooked …

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Singing to Fill the Space

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Paris by Andie1 Comment

Mont Saint Michel rises out of the sea like a dream. It’s almost wrong how it stands out against the horizon, like running into a sequoia tree in the desert. It makes my heart stutter. We walk across the mudflats at low tide, battered by the winds and covered in sand. Fish bones and lost mittens and footprints are scattered …

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It’s Not About Sports

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Paris by Andie1 Comment

The Olympics have been on for the past two weeks, not that anyone in Paris cares too much about curling. The hype around the Winter Games has never felt lower. The French cleaned up with fifteen medals overall, but compared to Norway’s thirty-nine the ennui becomes apparent. It fits the stereotype, that’s for sure. But that’s what the Olympics have …

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When We Become The Aliens

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Paris by Andie2 Comments

On Saturday, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in his apartment at age 48. The last film soundtrack he released was in 2016 for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, a moving meditation on language, humanity, and empathy that won Jóhannson a Golden Globe and critical adoration. Villeneuve and Jóhannsson were frequent collaborators, and together they made a movie to ask if learning …

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Death On Every Corner

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Paris by Andie2 Comments

Paris loves a good death. It stands in every metro station, swings from every street sign, and trips off the tongues of tourists attempting to say “gateau Saint Honoré.” When Kevin Lynch said “every rock tells a different story,” death stuck fast in the mortar. When Suzanne Langer said that architecture is a manifestation of the “total environment made visible,” …