Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, one filled with art, good friends, and lots of laughter. In the morning (well, around 12:30pm) I decided to check out an exhibition of contemporary textile art in Montrouge, a town just south of Paris. A few of my good friends at UNESCO and I are hoping start a website (coming soon!) showcasing cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions featuring female artists in Paris, and when I saw the program for “MiniARTextile” – and all the female artists who would be represented – I knew I wanted to check it out.
La Débâcle by Andrée-Anne Depuis Bourret
With a theme of “invitation à table”, the exhibition featured 54 works of “mini” textile art and 12 large-scale installations. As one of only three or four visitors there, I got lots of personalized attention from the very friendly staff, and I even got to meet one of the artists, Monika Teal, who happened to be an American! She gave me an enthusiastic overview of her life and work; it took her over a year to construct and bead (“until my eyes went cross”) her dramatic Crow installation. Afterwards she let me take a picture with her, and when I went in for a goodbye handshake she gave me a hug instead, telling me how much she misses them in Switzerland where she lives. I know exactly how she feels; part of the price you pay when you live in France is a distinct lack of hugging (there have been times when I’ve gone weeks without hugging another human being!) Thus if great art has the power to bring people together, I would say that this particular exhibition was a distinct success.
The rest of my day was spent indulging in Sunday brunch (i.e. mimosas) just north of Trocadéro (where I inevitably snapped a photo of the Eiffel Tower), followed by expertly prepared Ghanaian cuisine and lots and lots of laughter with my beautiful friends. It doesn’t get much better than that!