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Proust’s Muse: The Countess Greffulhe // A Conversation

Tuesday, November 22

Albertine Books
972 Fifth Avenue, New York City

MFIT director Valerie Steele was in conversation about Proust and fashion with author Anka Muhlstein, winner of the 1996 Goncourt Prize for biography and author of Monsieur Proust’s Library.

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Proust’s Muse Symposium

Thursday, October 20

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

The Museum at FIT presented its 16th academic symposium Proust’s Muse. The day-long symposium was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe. Researchers from the United States and Europe discussed the connections between fashion, patronage, literature, and the arts in turn of the century France. The Countess Greffulhe was a champion of the arts, who influenced literature, ballet, and music. The French composer Gabriel Fauré dedicated his slow processional piano piece—Pavane—to her, and she was a major supporter of the Ballets Russes, an itinerant ballet company based in Paris. She also supported the scientist Marie Curie, and the unjustly-imprisoned Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus.


Solera Quartet

Monday, October 10 | 6 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery, MFIT
Shirley Goodman Resource Center

The award-winning Solera Quarter presented a unique concert, performed within the exhibition space for Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. The program will include Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Ravel’s String Quartet, and Fauré’s Pavane, dedicated by the composer to the Countess Greffulhe.


Proust’s Latin Americans

Thursday, September 29 | 6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Rubén Gallo, professor of Latin American literature at Princeton University, joined The Museum at FIT for a presentation of his new book, Proust’s Latin Americans, which explores the presence of Latin America in Marcel Proust’s life and work. Proust lived during an era of French colonial expansion, which enabled him to meet the circle of Latin American friends discussed in this intriguing book. A book signing followed the presentation.

Video of the presentation will be made available soon.