Mark “la rentrée” with French Culture in September
Frenchly, September 7, 2022

By Joanna Scutts

Now that back-to-school season is well underway, the cultural scene is roaring back from its summer (and Covid) slumbers. Across North America, September is a month packed with festivals, performances, and new exhibitions. So sharpen your pencils, hoist your cartable, and venture out with our guide to all things French for fall.

See abstract art in a new global light
After a Covid-interrupted tour of several North American campus galleries, the dazzling exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s lands this fall for its final showing at Northwestern University’s Block Museum. Showcasing a diverse array of paintings, drawings and sculpture from across the Middle East and North Africa, created during the turbulent and transformative post-colonial period, the exhibition challenges visitors to rethink the history of modernist abstraction.