From 1853 to 1870 Emperor Napoleon III hired Baron Georges Hausmann to tear down Medieval Paris and replace it with the ‘city of light.’ Equal parts blatant power grab and technological innovation, police action and aesthetic masterpiece, modern Paris is a product of these highly contested renovations. Art History professor Hannah Higgins will walk with you down the boulevards with a cameraman skyped in live from Paris and talk about this history while you are eating buttery croissant and sipping hot Café au lait ensconced in the international dining room at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
Residents Dining Hall, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted
This class is appropriate for 18 and up, and limited to 20 people.
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Hannah B. Higgins is an American writer and academic who has been teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1994. Daughter of the Fluxus artists Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles, Hannah has lived and breathed art since birth. Her research and course topics examine twentieth century avant-garde art with a specific interest in Dadaism, Surrealism, Fluxus, Happenings, performance art, food art and early computer art. Her books and articles argue for the humanistic value of multimodal aesthetic experiences. Her most recent works include The Grid Book, published by MIT Press in 2009, and Fluxus Experience, published by UC Press in 2002.