E5S1 Adam Weinberg

Adam Weinberg is the Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art—one of the most important museums in the United States. I met him when I first arrived in New York, during his own Arts and Letters award ceremony, which we had organized at our bookstore, Albertine. It was then that I first discovered that, despite his grand title, Adam is an extremely generous, down-to-Earth person. In this episode, we candidly broach some very controversial topics, including cultural appropriation (17:00) and funding in the art world (5:03). And of course, we also spoke about cultural life in France (15:18). 

Show Notes

The below notes are designed to enrich the listener's experience by further explaining the more obscure French references mentioned throughout the show.

2:30 Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou, also known as Beaubourg, is a multicultural center in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. Inaugurated in 1977, it is dedicated to modern and contemporary arts and houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris’ main public library and a center for music and acoustic research. Its distinctive design by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini has been at the center of many debates, but the Center is now part of the Parisian landscape. 

13:20 American Center in Paris

Active from 1934 to 1996, this American cultural institution encouraged cross-cultural cooperation and hosted many American artists for exhibitions, performances and workshops. However, the Center found itself in a difficult financial situation after its relocation in a building designed by Franck Gehry, and eventually closed in 1996. The building is now home to the Cinémathèque française, a famous French film organization.

15:42 RATP

RATP stands for Régie autonome des transports parisiens, which operates public transportation in Paris and its surroundings.

22:25 Louvre-Lens & Centre Pompidou-Metz

Due to France’s highly centralized structure, its most famous museums are concentrated in Paris. In the past decades, Parisian museums have opened branches in other cities to extend their reach. The Centre Pompidou now has a center in Metz, in the East (Lorraine) and the Louvre has an antenna in the North in Lens, which is transitioning from a former mining region to a new cultural center.

24:41 Jardins du Luxembourg

Loved by both Parisians and foreign visitors, this park, located in the Latin Quarter, was commissioned in 1612 by Marie de Medici. Her former residence, the Luxembourg Palace, is now home to the French Senate.