A Look Forward

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A Look Back

Savoir Faire and Innovation: In Conversation with Thomas Pheasant – We hosted Valérie Maltaverne, founder of Ymer & Malta, Olivier Gabet, General Curator and Director of the Department of Decorative Arts at the Louvre, and Thomas Pheasant, renowned DC-based interior designer, for a lively exploration of Valérie’s creations.

A New Era in Astronomy: The James Webb Space Telescope Celebrates Science Through Partnerships – F-ACF sponsored event at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the transatlantic partnership that supports the James Webb Space Telescope. Screening of the Netflix documentary, “Unknown: Cosmic Time Machine.”

Paris and Versailles Pop-Up Trip, Fall 2023 – 52 American guests had a magical experience starting with a welcome lunch at Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris followed by a dinner at Restaurant le Limousin in Versailles. The next day, F-ACF hosted our guests for an extraordinary evening at the annual Gala to benefit the Royal Opera at Château de Versailles.
Celebrating the Reopening of National Museum of Women in the Arts – NMWA reopened its doors to the public after a two-year closure for renovations and upgrades. F-ACF is proud to sponsor the French Committee for Women to Watch, an exhibition presented by NMWA every three years. The next exhibition is scheduled to take place April 14 through August 11, 2024.

Gala Mozart at Versailles – Curated trip to France with 16 F-ACF supporters centered on Gala Mozart with performance at Royal Opera House, dinner at table of honor, and fireworks watching from the magical Hall of Mirrors. Preceded by F-ACF exclusive, behind the scenes tour by lead curator, Bertrand Rondot.

Musée de Montmartre – Private wine tasting in museum’s vineyard followed by curated visit to historic apartment and studio of Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Utrillo and also to the permanent collection featuring original Chat Noir artwork. Sneak preview of Picasso exhibit not yet open to the public before reception in Renoir gardens.

L’Union Interalliée – Gathering of French and American allies of today to celebrate their partnership with the Foundation at what De Gaulle called the “French Embassy in Paris.” 20+ French partners attended, including American Cathedral in Paris, Arianespace, Château de Versailles, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles – Opera Royal, Columbia University, France-Amerique, Institut Bocuse, JP Morgan Chase, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée Montmartre, Musée National de la Marine, NYU, NYTimes, and Ymer & Malta.

Musée des Arts DécoratifsPrivate, after hours tour by lead curator Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière – the brilliant mind behind Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit – on fashion as culture.

Cuisine as Diplomacy – Symposium developed with the Embassy of France featuring French Ambassador for Gastronomy Guillaume Gomez, Historian Libby O’Connell, US Ambassador Rufus Gifford, and Versailles chief curator Betrand Rondot. Subsequent VIP reception at the French Residence honored White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.

The James Webb Space Telescope – Symposium developed with the Embassy of France, Arianespace, and NASA marking the December 2021 launch Webb Telescope featuring additional experts from Ball Aerospace, European Space Agency, Northrop Grumman, and Washington Post.

Un Village Français – French Ambassador to the US Philippe Etienne recognizes the French-American Cultural Foundation, saying “Your mission is to honor the past, celebrate the present and build for the future and that mission is our mission at the Embassy of France as well.”