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Friday, October 22nd, 2010 - noon - Dialogue: Guerre culturelle et art contemporain: Comparing France and the United States
Author : Terra Foundation for American Art Europe

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Salle Walter Benjamin
In her forthcoming book, Guerre culturelle et art contemporain, Nathalie Heinich compares the results of two surveys conducted in the 1990s in the United States and France. In 1996, the East Coast of the United States was in the throes of a decade-long ‘cultural war’ that pitted partisans against opponents of public financing for art. The French survey, carried out between 1993 and 1995, took place during the outbreak of the ‘crisis in contemporary art’. Nathalie Heinich examines the similarities and differences between these two cultures, demonstrating that certain arguments and values are shared, although their intensity is not always the same, nor are their objects or context. The results are sometimes surprising. Beyond the similarities on both sides of the Atlantic, therefore, the assessments by non-specialists reveal a deep cultural divide between the two countries.

Nathalie Heinich

Respondent: Alan Wallach

These dialogues will be held in English.
Free admission. Reservations required at or by telephone at
01 43 20 67 01.

Terra Foundation for American Art Europe

29, rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris
Telephone 01 43 20 67 01
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