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Fall Break Majors Trip to Paris

November 13, 2018

Between October 27 and November 3, junior majors in the Department of Art and Archaeology enjoyed an art-filled week in Paris, thanks to funding from the Department. Participants included Alexa Fishman, Abby Hack, Mariah McVey, Chelsea Peart, Elizabeth Schwartz, Bhavani Srinivas, Tatum Turetzky, Jhor van der Horst, Sydney Wilder, Ivy Xue. They were guided by art history faculty members Basile Baudez and Anne McCauley and Joe Scanlan of the Visual Arts Program. The students had a walking tour around the Cité (including Notre-Dame) and visited the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Palace of Versailles, and Centre Pompidou. They also were allowed behind-the-scenes in the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (where they visited the chapel filled with plaster casts from the former Museum of French Monuments, the anatomy amphitheater, the famed hemicycle, and an architectural drawings exhibition) and the Musée des Arts décoratifs (including the drawings cabinet). They also met with textile artist artist Sheila Hicks in her studio and saw exhibitions in the contemporary art space, La Maison Rouge. A special treat was an evening at architect Charles Garnier's Paris Opéra (the model of which they had studied at the Musée d'Orsay) to see a program featuring the choreography of Jerome Robbins.