Showcasing its mission as a new center for French-American intellectual exchange, Albertine, the new reading room and bookshop in the French Embassy, will host a six-day free festival featuring leading French and American thinkers and artists, including Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, filmmaker Olivier Assayas, author Mary Gaitskill, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, and Fields Medal-winning mathematician Cédric Villani.Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round. The new reading room and bookshop provides the most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in New York, and a permanent venue for discussions exploring popular and classical culture through both a modern and global lens.
A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Albertine is located in the landmark Payne Whitney mansion, designed by Stanford White in 1902, on Manhattan’s Museum Mile at 972 Fifth Avenue. It is named after the omnipresent and unknowable female character in Marcel Proust’s classic In Search of Lost Time.
“For this festival, we looked beyond the usual suspects for original thinkers that we are curious to hear from and we paired them in non-conventional ways in order to spur challenging conversations. This is just the beginning of what will become an ongoing and permanent debate between the most inspiring thinkers in France, the United States, and beyond.” said Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy.
“These are all remarkable people,” Greil Marcus said, “and this is only the start of a new chapter in a long story.”