Arts Arena events are designed as international or specifically French-American cultural interactions. The events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are advised, as many events reach capacity and offer standing-room only for those who have not reserved a seat. To guarantee priority seating at all events, please RSVP to artsarena@aup.edu. Each event is followed by a cocktail reception with the speakers and audience.

Additional special events are reserved for Arts Arena members as part of our ArtsArenaPLUS program. These have included an haute couture fashion show at the residence of the Russian Ambassador to France, a talk by bestselling author Alan Riding about his latest book, at the home of the Director of the Arts Arena, followed by dinner with the author, and a private concert by the Curtis Institute of Music chamber ensemble at a home overlooking the Luxembourg gardens. For information on becoming a member, please click here.

September 26, 2019

ROBERT STORR:  THE ARTS ARENA LECTURE

Location: Hôtel de Lauzun, 17 Quai d'Anjou, Paris, 4e

Robert Storr, artist, curator, critic, and author, returns to deliver an Arts Arena lecture. Widely considered one of the most influential voices in contemporary art, he has been Senior Curator at MoMA, the only American invited to be Commissioner of the Venice Biennale, and for ten years Dean of the… View More

September 27, 2019

THE ARTS ARENA CURTIS ON TOUR CONCERT

Galerie dorée of the Banue de France

Location: Galerie dorée de la Banque de France, 3 rue de la Vrillière, Paris, 1er

World-renowned musicians Pamela Frank and pianist Mikael Eliasen, Artistic Director of the Curtis Opera Theater, lead a quartet with baritone Dennis Chmelensky and cellist Chase Park for a special concert in the spectacular Galerie dorée of the Banque de France. The concert is part of the Arts Arena’s Patrons Trip… View More

October 10, 2019

BATTERY DANCE COMPANY

Moving Stories

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Jonathan Hollander, Founder and Artistic Director of the Battery Dance Company of New York City, will present the company’s award-winning film, Moving Stories, about its program to integrate refugees into German society through dance. A Q&A and coupe de champagne will follow the screening.View More

October 21, 2019

ALEXANDER POLZIN

Sculptor, Scenographer, Opera Director

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Sculptor and opera director Alexander Polzin returns to the Arts Arena, where in 2016 he spoke on the eve of the inauguration of his public sculpture of the poet Paul Celan by the Ville de Paris. This time we will show videos of his new music-dance-sculpture work presented at the… View More

November 15, 2019

AMERICAN FRINGE 4

Independent American Film Festival

Location: Cinémathèque Française, 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12e

American Fringe 4, the fourth edition of the Arts Arena-produced festival of ultra-independent American films, curated by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Practices at Columbia University, and Laura Bloom Ingram, Vice-President of Icarus Films. In partnership with La Cinémathèque française and… View More

December 13, 2019

ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION RECITAL

Maroussia Gentet, First Prize Winner

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

A piano recital by the First Prize winner of the 2019 Orléans International Piano Competition Maroussia Gentet on the occasion of the release of her CD, which includes Ravel’s “Miroirs.” Among her other 2019-2020 engagements are a concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, then the Elbphilharmonie… View More