The Fondation des États-Unis turns 90 today! A grand age that we would have liked to celebrate with you in our beautiful 1930s residence. An online celebration it will be for now, welcoming the FEU into its 10th decade with a new look! We are delighted to unveil the FEU’s new logo today: a single line drawing to honour the Art Deco style of the building and the singular experience of resident life, shared by many generations. We are deeply touched by the community spirit, especially at this time, and are reminded of the power of international cultural exchanges and the mission of the Cité international campus, which, above providing housing, promotes unity and peace among students from all around the world. This single line building also represents the line of the FEU’s ongoing projects, be it the renovations or the constantly evolving cultural program. A continuous line that traces the contours of the FEU and its rich history in all their complexity. A line that reminds us of the Grand Salon, a space dedicated to encounters and festivities, where we will not only commemorate many generations of composers and musicians, but also the founders, Homer and Mabel Gage, who from the outset dedicated an entire floor to artists. We would like to thank you for your loyalty, both in person and online and we look forward to celebrating the FEU with the 90th anniversary concert, which has been postponed to the end of September. A big thank you also to Anamorphée, the graphic designers who created this logo representing the FEU and its values: anamorphee.com
Discover the all the online events celebrating the 90th anniversary:
90 Words for FEU During 10 days, the FEU published a total of 90 words written and photographed by residents, almuni, partners, and members of the FEU team describing what FEU means to them. View the album here.
Friday Reading During quarantine, we often participated in #VendrediLecture or Friday reading, sharing poems by Hope Curran, artist in residence, written for the 90th anniversary inspired by and about the FEU. Read her poems here.
Ad Libitum To celebrate its 90th birthday, the FEU received a surprise gift from two former residents and recipients of the Harriet Hale Woolley grant, John Kamfonas, pianist and Wilson Poffenberger : a recording of their concert Ad Libitum.
Débussy Études for piano – Livre II For the 90th anniversary Libéral Martin and Suejin Jung, respectively artist and pianist in residence, prepared an animated film to the music of Débussy.
Live from the US – Sarah Ghandour On the scheduled date of the 90th anniversary concert, our alumna Sarah Ghandour played live from the United States. Watch the livestream here.
90 Years of Artistic Life Discover the various artists who populated the studios on the 5th floor through archival photos and Polaroids of recent artists taken by Rebecca Arthur, Harriet Hale Woolley scholar. View the album here.
Open Studios Virtual Tour While the Fondation remains closed to the public, you can discover the artists’ studios from home thanks to Maximilien Gremaud, artist in residence, and friends Thomas Collin, and Pierre Jarlan, as well as the FEU community of artists. Take the tour here.