Paris Week 2

The second week in Paris has been maximized with visits to galleries and museums with contemporary art exhibitions. We went to exhibitions the Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Rodin Museum, Versaille, Louis Vuitton Foundation and Pinault Collection. Seeing work by Charles Ray, Félix González-Torres and Keith Haring have been a few highlights.

Walking through town on Sunday I ended up at the Palais Royal where they have a Daniel Buren’s piece “Les Deux Plateaux”. As described by the architectural writer Andrew Ayers, “Buren’s work takes the form of a conceptual grid imposed on the courtyard, whose intersections are marked by candy-striped black-and-white columns of different heights poking up from the courtyard’s floor like sticks of seaside rock. … In one sense the installation can be read as an exploration of the perception and intellectual projection of space.” It was fascinating to see this piece in contrast to the gridded gardens of Versaille.

Our group also was able to get a tour of master printmaker Michael Woolworth’s printmaking studio and I went to a poetry reading that was hosted there a couple days later where they had poets from the US and France reading.

On my off day, I spent some time at Luxembourg Gardens and made a trip out to the Eiffel Tower in the evening. I am not much for tourist attractions, but there was still a small desire to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle.

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