Wednesday, 13 June 2012
The American Centre for Students and Artists, Paris
The American Center for Students and Artists was founded in 1931 on the Boulevard Raspail in Paris. Housed in a 1930s-era neoclassical building designed by Welles Bosworth, the Centre was a frequent meeting place for Americans and French alike, hosting popular language, music, and theater courses. In the 1960s and 1970s, the American Center evolved into an incubator for avant-garde expression, hosting contemporary dance, music and visual arts.
In the 1980s, in the face of the increasing commercialization of the Montparnasse neighborhood where it was situated, the Center embarked upon an ambitious rebirth in the Bercy neighborhood of Eastern Paris. In 1989, Frank Gehry was commissioned to design a new building for the Center, which opened in 1994. Later the Foundation decided to carry out its activities in the form of a “foundation without walls," and the building became the Cinémathèque française.
Jan Gabrial looked at the possibility of renting an apartment in December 1933 for her and Lowry to live in from a list provided by the The American Centre for Students and Artists (American Students and Artists Club) (See Jan Gabrial Inside The Volcano Pg. 37).