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Past events



University of Antwerp : Thursday February 11, 2016, 8:00 pm: The Jewish Dimension in Mark Rothko’s Oeuvre, Institute of Jewish Studies. More information here.

Y92 in NYC : Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:30 pm: Mark Rothko, in conversation with Jeremy Adelman. More information here.

Norfolk (Virginia) : Sunday, January 10, 2016, Chrysler Museum at 2 pm : Mark Rothko. More information here.

Saturday, November 7, The Watermill Center at 7:30 pm. More information here.

Pictures here.


Washington, DC : Friday, October 30, 2015, 5:30 pm: Crosscurrents Forum, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

New York : Tuesday, November 3, Gagosian Shop on Madison Avenue, with Leonard Lauder. More information here.

Westport, CT : Sunday, November 1, Temple Israel, at 11 am. More information here.

Houston: Sunday, September 20, Museum of Fine Arts, at 2 pm. More information here.

Scranton, PA: Thursday, September 17, University of Scranton, The Schemel Forum, at noon. More information here.

Martha’s Vineyard: Saturday, September 12, The Chilmark Library. More information here.

Salisbury, CT: Thursday, September 10, the White Hart, at 7 pm.
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Paris, Grand Palais : January 25, 2016


Institut Français, République de Corée –
Conférence d’Annie Cohen-Solal, Professeur et écrivain, à Ewha Womans university
“Mark Rothko ou le « sublime abstrait » : la trajectoire d’un pionnier de l’art contemporain dans le new york de l’apres-guerre.”


Institut Français, République de Corée –
Conférence d’Annie Cohen-Solal, Professeur et écrivain, à Yonsei university
“Mark Rothko, l’artiste qui voulait reparer le monde : comment le migrant juif est-il devenu le representant de l’art moderne americain?”Affiche-Yonsei.FR_-fixed


BOOK REVIEW – Mark Rothko: toward the light in the chapel
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | By Philip Kopper
“Jackson Pollock didn’t begin his meteoric career by dripping house paint on tarpaulins any more than Piet Mondrian started out painting white and colored spaces within black boundaries. They had to discover their abstract genres after years of making realistic pictures and learning from there. Finding one’s way to artistic originality and greatness was typically a journey with a cryptic destination, a trial with fickle jurors, coin-toss verdicts and a hanging judge.”

Annie Cohen-Solal’s ‘Mark Rothko’ traces the tensions underlying the emergence of a modern master
30 April 2015 | By Earl Pike, Special to The Plain Dealer
“Cohen-Solal’s work is well-written and well-argued, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with Rothko, modern art, American intellectual history or the politics and processes of Jewish identity and assimilation.”

The New Yorker
Mark Rothko
13 April 2015 | Annie Cohen-Solal
This compact study places Rothko’s development within the context of the evolution of American art in the mid-twentieth century. Rothko, a brilliant Russian émigré, won a scholarship to Yale only to have it revoked by the university’s increasingly anti-Semitic administration. He turned to painting, hoping to create art that would be “primarily moral” and also “tragic and timeless,” standing apart from convention and institutions. Yet for decades he remained firmly within the Western European tradition, producing lacklustre examples of figurative painting and surrealism. The breakthrough came in 1948, with “No. 1.” Cohen-Solal subtly demonstrates the link between Rothko’s three outsider statuses (artist, immigrant, and Jew), his color-block canvases, and his essential Americanness.

Repairing the World: The Road to The Rothko Chapel
by Bob Duggan.
Of the many concepts of Judaism artist Mark Rothko took to heart, the idea of tikkun olam, Hebrew for “repairing the world,” penetrated the deepest. In Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, academic and a cultural historian Annie Cohen-Solal cuts to the heart of Rothko’s life and art and sheds new light on how both seemingly had to end at The Rothko Chapel (shown above), the Houston home of Rothko’s final works that he tragically didn’t live long enough to see himself. In this tightly focused new biography, Cohen-Solal shows us both how The Rothko Chapel culminates Rothko’s life-long mission to repair his world and how it continues to serve as a light of hope in our darkening world.

U.S. Lecture Tour


3/11, New York / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3/12, Washington / The Phillips Collection

3/14, Dallas / Dallas Museum of Art

3/16, Palm Beach / The Society of the Four Arts

3/18, San Francisco / Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3/19, Los Angeles / Skirball Cultural Center

3/24, Baltimore / The Art Seminar Group

3/25, Boston / New Center for Arts and culture

3/26, New York / Albertine Books

4/1, Paris / American Library in Paris

4/24, Stanford /Anderson Collection at Standford University

9/12, Martha’s Vineyard / The Chilmark Library

9/17, Scranton, PA University of Scranton /The Schemel Forum

9/19, Houston / Museum of Fine Arts

2/22, London / Mark Rothko at the Jewish Book Week



10/27, Scranton, PA University of Scranton Pennsylvania, The Schemel Forum : “Revisiting Magiciens de la Terre”
09/23, Riga, Latvian National Library : “The Many Voyages of Mark Rothko
04/3, Paris, Librarie d’Odessa
03/28-29, Paris, Centre Pompidou : International Conference “Magiciens de la Terre 2014
03/13-15, Amsterdam, Stedelijks Museum : “Collecting Geographies” Conference
PDF     Vidéo    Photos
03/6, Houston, Rothko Chapel : Traveler to the Sublime
02/6, Paris, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, avec Marc Semo et François Sergent : Mark Rothko & Vidéo
01/24, Warsaw, Institut Français, avec Adam Michnik : “Une approche géopolitique de l’oeuvre sartrienne

01/23, Warsaw, Musée national de Pologne, “Les innombrables voyages de Mark Rothko



12/7, Paris, Librairies Les Cahiers de Colette, Mark Rothko
12/6-7, Paris, Musée d’Orsay : « L’Armory Show a 100 ans » : « Et si l’Armory Show avait également permis l’émergence des minorités sociales aux Etats-Unis ? »
11/21, Paris, Librairie Gallimard
11/8, Riga, Laiks Museum  : “A place to think
10/25, Berlin, Institut Français : « Pour une géopolitique de l’oeuvre sartrienne »  PDF
10/21, Paris, Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier : « Les innombrables voyages de Mark Rothko »
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10/15, Paris, Institut Français de la Mode : « Azzedine Alaïa, artisan global et pionnier à l’aube du XXIème siècle »
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10/7, Yerevan (Arménie), Université d’Etat V. Briousov, “Pour une géopolitique de l’œuvre sartrienne a l’occasion du cinquantenaire des Mots”
10/5, Yerevan (Arménie), Université d’Etat V. Briousov, “Le jeune Sartre inédit, autour des conférences littéraires du Havre 1932-33″
10/3, Paris, Médiathèque de Rueil-Malmaison : “Sartre et la liberté, Pour une géopolitique de l’oeuvre sartrienne
10/1, Paris, Bibliothèque Rilke : “Sartre et Camus”
09/27, Zurich, University of Zurich : “American Abstract Expressionnism” and “Leo Castelli, the first global gallerist
06/7-8, Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure : “Nuit Sartre
05/9, Daugavpils, Mark Rothko Art Centre : “Mark Rothko as a Cultural Bridger
04/23, Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure : Permanence de la pensée sartrienne au Brésil autour du mouvement Tropicaliste 1960-2012
Rencontre autour de Gilberto Gil, Sartre et le Brésil – Vidéo
Interview Gilberto GilVidéo

01/28, Chambéry, Musée des Beaux Arts, Conférences sur l’art américain : “Vers une galerie leader : les stratégies de Leo Castelli, 1950-2000″

01/21, Chambéry, Musée des Beaux Arts, Conférences sur l’art américain : “Un jour, ils auront des peintres, 1929-1950″



12/4, Düsseldorf, Kunstschule : “Magiciens de la terre: une exposition légendaire”
11/29, Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght : Leo Castelli
11/2, Pennsylvania,University of Scranton, Schemel Forum : “Leo Castelli: The First Global Gallerist”
09/12-14, Versailles, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines : “Interculturalité dans le monde des arts plastiques: l’exemple de Mark Rothko”
07/31, Toscana, Cortona Mix Festival : “L’arte secondo Leo, conversazione con Marco Pacioni”
06/8, London, Institut Français : “Sartre and Virginia Woolf, my night with philosophers”



07/12, Aix-en-Provence, Musée Granet : “Leo Castelli, Premier Galleriste Global”
10/4, Paris, ESCP Europe : “Le marchand d’art comme entrepreneur : Paul Durand-Ruel (19°siècle), Leo Castelli (20°siècle), Larry Gagosian (21°siècle)”
09/16, London, Institut Français :“First Insights on Sartre’s Conferences du Havre, 1932-1933″
08/28, Monte San Savino : Lecture on Leo Castelli
06/30, Venice, Collezione Peggy guggenheim : “Leo Castelli & Ileana Sonnabend : la leggendaria coppia dell’arte e la loro Venezia”
10/25, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania : “Leo Castelli : The First Global Gallerist”
04/27, Montreal, Librairie Gallimard de Montreal, Keynote Address of the North American Sartre Society Annual Conference : “Sartre, premier penseur global : des conférences inédites du Havre aux révolutions d’aujourd’hui”
02/15, Los Angeles, UCLA French Department : “Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir et les Etats-Unis”
02/8, Ottawa, Musée des Beaux Arts : “Leo Castelli, un galeriste global ancré dans la Toscane de la Renaissance”
02/7, Ottawa, Carelton University of Ottawa : “La réinvention du métier de galeriste dans les Etats-Unis du XXe siècle
05/20-22, Faenza, 4th Festival of Contemporary Art : Forms of Collecting/Forme della Committenza
04/7, Aix-en-Provence, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) : Nuit de la Philosophie : Sartre

03/29, Fort Worth, TX, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

03/17-18, Luzern, Université de Lucerne, Institut des Sciences de la Culture et Département de Philosophie, Sartre International Conference : L’actualité de Jean-Paul Sartre: philosophie, littérature, politique

02/19, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

02/11, Easton, Academy Art Museum : “Leo Castelli & His Circle: How Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol, and All the Others Became American Icons”

02/5, Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in partnership with the Canadian Art Foundation, “Leo Castelli, a Global Gallerist Anchored in Renaissance Tuscany”

02/4, Toronto, Alliance Française : “Sartre, intellectuel global et engagé: est-ce toujours d’actualité?”

02/3, Montreal, Université de Montréal : “Leo Castelli, galeriste global, le réseau Castelli en Maison de Savoie”

02/2, Montreal, Musée des Beaux Arts : “Leo Castelli, un galériste global ancré dans la Toscane de la Renaissance”

01/27, New York, Spanish Portuguese Synagogue Auditorium : “Leo Castelli, A Global Gallerist Anchored in Renaissance Tuscany”

02/14, Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) : Discussion with Eli Broad and Jeffrey Deitch on “Leo Castelli & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

01/21, Los Angeles, University of Southern California (USC), International Museum Studies Institute : “Leo Castelli and his Role in the Museum World”

01/20, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Jewish Studies and History Department Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

01/18, New York, Guggenheim Museum : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

01/12, Paris, American Library in Paris : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”




12/21, Trieste, Sala Bazlen : Presentazione di “Leo & Cie”

11/3, New York, NY, CUNY Graduate Center : “The Triumph of Pop” A Panel with Annie Cohen-Solal, Romy Golan, Thomas Crow, Michael Lobel

10/13, Buffalo, NY, Albright Knox Gallery : “Leo Castelli: Reinventing the Function of the Art Gallerist”

10/12, New York, New York State Writers Institute, SUNY : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

07/12-15, International Workshop, organized by the INHA at the Hartung Foundation in Antibes : “Ranking Artists”
10/7, New York, The Jewish Museum : “Leo Castelli and The Jewish Museum”

04/29, New York, New York University : “Who’s Afraid of Cultural Policy?”

03/4, New Haven, Yale University : “Triangulating Identity: New York, Paris and Algiers in Writing on Jean-Paul Sartre”

03/4, New Haven, Yale University : “Leo Castelli’s Trajectory between Paris and New York, as a Symptom of the New Ecology of the Art World”

10/3, Columbus, Ohio State University,The Wexner Center : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

10/3, New York, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University : “My Bed for a Museum! The Complex Relationship Between Leo Castelli and Alfred H. Barr”

09/29, New York, The Nationals Arts Club, “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

09/23, Brussels, Nathalie Obadia Gallery : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

09/22, Paris, Centre Pompidou : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

 09/21, Paris, Café de Flore : Conference on Sartre
09/15, Martha Vineyard, MA, Chilmark Free Public Library : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

08/25, Santa Fe, NM,Gerald Peter’s Gallery : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

01/20, Los Angeles, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), French Department : “Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir et les Etats-Unis”

12/15, Algers, EPAU, School of Architecture : “Sartre et Castelli, deux grands passeurs du 20° siècle, un philosophe et un galériste qui ont transformé leur siècle”

12/1, Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

11/22, Miami, Alliance Française : “Painting American: The Rise of American Artists, Paris 1867 – New York 1948″

11/21, Miami, Miami Book Fair : “Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli”

11/18, Boston, Wellesley College : “Leo & His Circle : The Life of Leo Castelli”

11/17, Boston, Tufts University : “Leo Castelli : Reinventing the Function of the Art Gallerist”

11/16, Boston, French cultural Center : “Sartre Reconsidered in Light of the Obama Era”


11/12, Memphis, Keynote Address, North American Sartre Society Annual Meeting : “Sartre Revisited in Light of the Obama Era”

09/18, New York, New York University : “Recovering the Satellites: The Global Museum”



11/6, Princeton, Princeton University : “Simone de Beauvoir and the United States”

10/24, Ithaca, Cornell University, The Cornell French Society : “Jean-Paul Sartre, the U.S. Presidential Debate and Cornell University”

09/18-20, New York, New York University, International Conference, Center for French Civilization and Culture : “Simone de Beauvoir and ‘The Wonders of America, 1947-1951’″

05/3, Chicago, University of Chicago, The Politics of Display, America’s Past in Three Dimensions, a symposium in honor of Neil Harris : “My Bed for a Museum! The Complex Relationship Between Leo Castelli and Alfred H. Barr”

03/1, New York, Center for Collecting in America, Frick Collection : “Collectors, Patrons, Dealers, Dealers, Collectors, Patrons: From Paul Durand-Ruel to the Castelli-Sonnabend Era”



05/2-3, Stony Brook Manhattan, Third Pollock-Krasner Conference : “From Abstract Expressionists to ‘Magicians of the Earth’: A New State of the Art World in 2006″



10/24, Stony Brook, Stony Brook University, Department of Art History and Criticism : “From Alfred Barr to Leo Castelli: A New Approach to the US Art World”



05/21-23, Pau, Université de Pau, Congrès annuel de l’Association Française d’Etudes Américaines, Couleur(s) de l’Amérique : “Formation des jeunes peintres américains selon le modèle français au XIXe siècle: Ingres ou Delacroix, le dessin ou la couleur?”

04/2-5, Prague, Université Charles, America in the Course of Human Events: Presentations and Interpretations, European Association for American Studies : “Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Between European Avant-Gardes and American Modernism (1927-1939)”

01/30, Paris, Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV, Les nouvelles tensions aux Etats-Unis au début du XXIè siècle : “L’art, reflet de nouvelles tensions”

01/17, Versailles, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines : “Interculturalité et Interdisciplinarité: les modernistes atlantiques, Steichen, Stieglitz, Stein and Picasso (1900-1913)”



09/22, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum : “Scène artistique et acteurs dynamiques aux Pays-Bas, 1850-1940″

03/8, Paris, Musée du Louvre with the Terra Foundation for the Arts and le Musée d’Art Américain Giverny, L’indépendance de l’art américain : “Internationalisation des échanges ou impérialisme culturel?”



06/2-4, Berlin, American Academy in Berlin, The Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy at Rutgers University : “Globalization, Terror and Democracy: How 9/11 Changed the Debate in America and Abroad”

08/11, New York, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center : “The Rise of Jackson Pollock and the Emergence of the American Art Scene”

05/28, Toronto, University of Toronto, Congrès des Sciences Sociales et Humaines du Canada : “Shifting Shores: Paris, New York, and Globalization of the Visual Arts”

03/13, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, The Department of Romance Languages & The Louis Marin Center : “Intercultural Space: France, Modernism, and the U.S., 1870-1930″

01/24-26, Paris, Université de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV : L’année 1945 : “La recomposition du paysage culturel entre la France et les Etats-Unis”

01/24, Rennes, Musée de Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Made in U.S.A., 1908-1947, l’art américain du nationalisme à l’internationalisme : “Institutions et société civile: la spécificité du monde américain des arts plastiques”



11/28, Bordeaux, Musée de Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Made in U.S.A., 1908-1947, l’art américain du nationalisme à l’internationalisme : “Les femmes dans la construction d’un art américain”

11/8, Boston, Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy : “The ‘Weaving’ of a Transatlantic Art World: From Paris 1867 to New York 1948″

11/7, Cambridge, Harvard Univsersity, “The French vs. the British in the Visual Arts”

11/2, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Conference for the Thomas Eakins Exhibition : “Confronting the French Model: A Pathetic Conflict”

10/30, Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art : “Painting American: An Emancipation from the French Model”

07/6-7, Southampton, University of Southampton, School of Modern Languages at Southampton : “Did New York Really ‘Steal’ the Idea of Modern Art?”

04/19-21, Washington D.C., The Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy at Rutgers University : “Culture and Civil Society: the French Case”



07/13, New Mexico, Harwood Foundation : “Training and Emancipation: American Painters from the French to the American Artist Colonies”



11/7-10, Venice, UNESCO, Europe: the Future“The Cultural Dimension”

11/10-11, New York, New York University : “The Philosophy of Biography and the Biography of Philosophers”

02/10, Ithaca, Cornell University, Society for the Humanities : “Coal Miners and Dinosaurs, American Media in France: Are They Such a Big Threat?”

10/2, New York, New Models for New Medias, for News Industry Decision-makers : “Global American Culture? Incursion of American Models in France: Adaptation, Resistance, Rejection”

05/22, New York, Studio Museum of Harlem : “French Intellectuals and African-American Artists: Jean-Paul Sartre and Richard Wright”

05/4, San Francisco, World Affairs Council of Northern California : “How American is the Global Village?”

03/22, Poughkeepsie, Vassar College : “La Scène algérienne: actualité d’un dilemne historique de la France contemporaine”

03/21, Poughkeepsie, Vassar College : “The European Avant-Garde and the American Art Scene: 1913-1948″



04/24, New York, Columbia University : Rethinking the Liberation of Europe : “The French Ghosts”

04/1-2, New York, Adelphi University, Unified Germany: Stabilizing Influence or Threat? : “Can History Repeat Itself?”

03/7, New York, “Advertising as Culture: Look and Image at the Millenium” : “Ruler of the New Ruling Class”



11/6, New York, Unterberg Poetry Center : “Writing the Sartre Biography”

05/20-21, Princeton, Princeton University : “Varieties of Anti-Modernism”

04/21, New York, Hofstra University : “French Feminist Writers”

03/17-19, Dartmouth, 20th Century French Studies : “La fonction de la biographie dans un enseignement universitaire”



04/15, New York, New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and New York City Commission for the United Nations, the Asia Society : “The New Internationalism, examples of the emerging cultural interdependance in New York City”



04/9-11, New York, Columbia University, The French in New York during World War II : “The French University in New York”

02/25, New York, New York Public Library : “The French Intellectuals and the United States, 1945-1992″



12/10-13, Paris, Maison des Ecrivains et l’Université de la Sorbonne, “Les intellectuels en Europe de 1945 à 1991. Les métamorphoses de l’engagement” : “Les Années d’après-guerre: reconstruire une Europe culturelle”

12/4, New York, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art : “What is left from Sartre today?”

11/6, CUNY, City College, “Hopes and Impediments: a Conference on Race and Other Differences” : “Race, Culture and Difference: A Discussion of the French Case”

10/5, New York, Saint Peter’s Church, : “Memorial Miles Davis”

09/27, Ohio, Dayton University, Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Sartre Society of North America : “From Sartre to Derrida 1945-1990: the French Philosopher in the United States”



10/11-13, New York, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 16th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts : “Strategies are Structures for Multi-Culturalism”

09/17, Washington D.C., Second U.S. Governors’ Cultural Advisors Conference : “The French Cultural Model”



03/3-5, Florence, SIAS, University in Bologna, Centro di Ricerche sulla Cultura Europea dell’Istituto Universitario Europeo Florence, et dell’Università di Firenze, Conference, “Hollywood in Europa, 1945-’60, Cinema e Storia” : “Sartre à Hollywood, ou la rupture d’une fascination”