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  • 02 Nov 2015 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the context of the centennial of World War I, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, with the support of DePaul University, offers to French professors in the Midwest a series of teaching tools on poetry during the War. Teaching tools adapted to fit student of various high school French levels have been created for a selection of poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, Romain Darchy, Jean Farré, and Henry Jacques.

    Through a variety of educational activities, the teaching tools help students put the works of the poets into perspective, gain a deeper understanding of the stakes of war, as well as acquire new French language skills. For each poem, you will find a series of teaching tools adapted to French students of different levels.

    For more information see:

  • 02 Nov 2015 7:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands.

    Renefer’s works included illustrated correspondence with his ​daughter – a unique testimony from a father to a daughter about life in the trenches. This bilingual exhibition presents the correspondence and works of Renefer during the Great War with each panel including text depicting the life of Renefer as an artist and soldier as well as some of his illustrations.

    An exhibition of Renefer's works continues through Dec. 22, 2015 at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago.  Details:

  • 02 Nov 2015 7:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the context of the centennial of World War I, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, with the support of DePaul University, First Division Museum – Cantigny Park, and the Renefer Association, offers to French professors in the Midwest a series of teaching tools. These teaching tools are focused on the works of Renefer and Alban Butler, a French and an American soldier, respectively, who both fought in World War I in France and published illustrated works of their wartime experience in simple yet moving images and words.  Students may compare and contrast the work of both artists as an exercise in language and cross-cultural understanding.

    This looks to be a great teaching tool. Even if your are not an instructor, and even if you can't visit the exhibition, it is worth a visit to the website:

  • 08 Oct 2015 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    French Twist features 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, 1910–1940. The exhibition celebrates the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. The selection encompasses Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pioneering photojournalism, as well as works by Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, André Kertész, and Dora Maar.All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

    At the Flint Institute of Arts:

  • 08 Oct 2015 6:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London present an exhibition that examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, Monet was also an avid horticulturist who cultivated gardens wherever he lived. As early as the 1860s, a symbiotic relationship developed between his activities as a horticulturist and his paintings of gardens, a relationship that can be traced from his early years in Sainte-Adresse to his final months at Giverny. “I perhaps owe it to flowers,” he wrote, “that I became a painter.”

    While Monet remains the touchstone, the exhibition also looks broadly and deeply at the garden theme in modern art through the inclusion of paintings by other Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. Framing these paintings in the context of broad artistic movements, as well as social and political events, will offer unprecedented paths for understanding the garden as a multifaceted, universal theme in modern art.

    For more information:

  • 07 Sep 2015 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Toledo Canaday Center is presenting an exhibition celebrating the global connections of our city.  This exhibit is comprised of Chapters, one of which will feature cultural exchange organizations, including l’Alliance Francaise de Toledo.  Selected materials from the University collection will be on display that will be of interest to AFT members.   Another Chapter, focusing on Toledoans who have been influenced by other countries and cultures, will feature materials from Betty Mauk’s personal papers.   Don't miss this opportunity!

    An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 2:30PM on the 5th Floor of the Carlson Library.   For additional information call 419-530-4480.

  • 03 Aug 2015 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a great opportunity to enjoy some French cinema!:  "Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Play Time, this four-day film festival presents the best works of famed director, writer and actor Jacques Tati. The triple threat – the writer/director/actor’s oeuvre is one of the most notable in film history – created the endearingly befuddled character Monsieur Hulot. A former mime, Tati’s early experiences acting without words influenced not only his impeccable comedic timing, but his penchant for creating films with little dialogue and perfectly composed visuals."

    Details at:

  • 16 Jul 2015 9:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonjour L'alliance française de Toledo,

    Je suis rentrée aux Etats-Unis la semaine dernière et j'ai décidé d'écrire un blog en anglais et en français pour partager mon experience. J'espère que vous trouvez mon blog intéressant. Quand j'irai à Grenoble, je vais continuer à écrire sur mon blog.  

    Blog en anglais:
    Blog en français: 

    Merci pour tous et j'espère que vous avez un bon été!
    Alexis Czajka

  • 06 Jul 2015 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "They are rightly called the Dark Years. From 1940 to 1944, France, with the help of the collaborationist Vichy government, was occupied by Germany. Many Frenchmen and women looked away -- or helped the Nazis outright. Still others risked their lives and went underground in the Resistance movement."

    You can read the review at this link:

  • 04 May 2015 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Alexis Czajka!  

    Alexis has been selected as the 2015  recipient of the AFT's $1000 Travel Scholarship.

    Alexis is a student at Bowling Green State University planning to study abroad next year in Pau and Grenoble. 

    The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16th at  11am in Suite 102 at the Common Space Center for Creativity, 1700 N. Reynolds Road. 

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