Panel Discussion (In-Person)
Painting’s Banlieue: Expat Intermedia Arts in Paris

In conjunction with the exhibition Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962
March 2, 2024–July 20, 2024

Americans in Paris highlights the vibrant expatriate art scene in Paris after World War II, examining how the French capital fostered artistic freedom and experimentation in a way that New York could not. This panel takes up the exhibition’s offer to rethink our understanding of postwar American art in light of its Parisian influences—speakers will pay particular attention to practices that stretch across media and discipline and put painting and sculpture into dialogue with film, photography, and writing.

Papers will explore topics such as the triangulation of African American literature, Japonisme, and postwar Paris; transnational Black aesthetics and notions of “free time”; art, kitsch, and mid-century modern magazine layouts; and the changing significance of Paris vis à vis questions about the continuing relevance of the western humanistic tradition.


Emily Apter, Julius Silver Professor of French Literature Thought and Culture and Comparative Literature, New York University

Honey Crawford, Assistant Professor of English, New York University

Lytle Shaw, Professor of English, New York University

Robert Slifkin, Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Moderated by Lytle Shaw

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, NYU; the Center for the Humanities, NYU; and the Remarque Institute, NYU

Visitor Access

This event is at capacity—registration is now closed.

Please register by March 25 for access to 20 Cooper. After this deadline, only individuals with active NYU ID cards can be guaranteed access.

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Starts 3/26/24 6:00 pm
Ends 3/26/24 7:30 pm
Participants Emily Apter; Honey Crawford; Lytle Shaw; Robert Slifkin
Location 20 Cooper Square, Room 101
Cost Free of charge