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 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.

April 23, 2020

CANCELED. Cécile Verdier, President of Christie's France

The Art Market Seen by its Specialists

Location: Christie's, 9 avenue Matignon, Paris 8e

CANCELED. IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, CHRISTIE'S IS CANCELING ALL EXHIBITIONS AND OUR ARTS ARENA EVENT. Cécile Verdier, President of Christie’s France since September 2019, moved to her new position after serving as Vice-President of Sotheby’s France. Her Christie’s appointment is in fact a return to the auction house where… View More

May 17, 2020

United Nations Association Film Festival

13th Traveling Film Festival

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

For the 11th time, the Arts Arena presents the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival in a specially curated selection of films over two days. Since 1998, UNAFF has screened documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with human rights, the environment, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war… View More

June 4, 2020

Laurent LeBon

President of the Musée Picasso

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

Long considered France’s star curator, Laurent Le Bon was the founding director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz as well as the commissioner of Jeff Koons at Versailles and of Paris’s Nuit Blanche (2012). On June 3, 2014, he was named Président du Musée Picasso, which opened it doors in October 2014… View More