PRINTING FOR KINGDOM, EMPIRE and REPUBLIC, Treasures from the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale at The Grolier Club presents more than 200 objects spanning the history of France’s official printing works, whose origins date back to 1538. Drawn from the ancient, vast, and comprehensive archives this rare and fascinating exhibition documents the significant influence of the press, not only on printing and book arts, but also on French. Punches, plates and other tools of the trade share the spotlight among them the royal folios from the reign of Louis XIV and artist’s books by Bonnard and Miro. Through Feb. 4th. FREE admission. Lunchtime Tours January 17, 18, 19 at 2 pm. 47 East 60th St. www.grolierclub.
REEL FASHION at the French Institute Alliance Francaise and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology hits the silver screen during the New York and Paris fashion weeks. A series of four behind-the-scenes documentaries about Fashion include Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, a witty portrait of Marc Jacobs balancing his roles as artistic director of his own American line and the French house. In The Day Before: Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld prepares for a show in Milan of Fendi Furs. For Proenza Schouler Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough prepare to debut their Fall 2009 line. A rich exploration of ELLE magazine is offered in Et ELLE Crea la femme (and Elle Created Woman). For more information and ticket prices for FIAF films visit www.fiag.org and The Museum at FIT, fitnyc.edu. Feb. 21 through 24.
CINEMA TUESDAYS at FIAF kicks off the 2012 Cinema Tuesdays series with Jacques Perrin: Renaissance Man, Jan 10th, with a selection of highlights from the veteran actor, producer and director’s career among them Jacques Demy’s delightful musical The Young Girls of Rochefort (1970) and the popular animal documentaries Microcosmos and Winged Migration. In February, the fashion focus includes Carte Blanche with Agnes b., an assortment of films hand-picked by the designer, whose wardrobe credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. The lineup of Roger Vadim’s selections includes And God Created Woman, and Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou. Screenings are held at FIAF’s Tinker Auditorium. Members FREE, guests purchase tickets at www.fiaf.org.
THE STEINS COLLECT Paris was once the center of the cultural universe and to be invited to the Steins’ salon was a highly coveted affair. Pictured above Alice Tobias and Gertrude Stein in their salon in Paris. By buying works of art from artists at their crucial first years, the Steins’ befriended their creators and welcomed them into their homes along with the celebrated cognoscenti of the day. Gertrude Stein and other members of her family advanced modernism both in their adopted home of Paris and abroad. The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde exhibition unites some 200 masterworks once owned by these influential art patrons and provides a rare opportunity to view their collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Family photos, correspondence and other archival material enrich the experience. Through June 3rd. www.metmuseum.org.
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