October 21, 2018

Family Festival Day

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

For all ages | Free. First come, first served, while supplies last

La vie est belle! Celebrate the joie de vivre of Paris at the Frist! In 1900, the City of Light hosted L’Exposition universelle, a world’s fair, to usher in the new century with innovation and prosperity. Enjoy a day of performances and activities inspired by the exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment and the International Exposition!


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PERFORMANCES

Cirque du Frist
presented by Suspended Gravity Circus

1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)

At night, Parisians filled venues to be dazzled and delighted by the singers, actors, clowns, dancers, and acrobats of Les Folies Bergère, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Nouveau Cirque, and other troupes. Come one, come all to the Frist auditorium for a cirque-inspired spectacular presented by Nashville’s Suspended Gravity Circus!

Hommage à Loïe Fuller
presented by Suspended Gravity Circus

3:30 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)

The only woman to have her own pavilion at the Paris 1900 International Exposition, the brilliant American dancer Loïe Fuller mesmerized crowds with her groundbreaking performances. Fuller personified the art nouveau movement with her flowing costumes and feminine mystique, accentuated with props and colorful lighting. Join the members of Suspended Gravity Circus as they present a contemporary dance performance dedicated to her.

Le Cinéma de George Méliès
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Rechter Room (Main Level)

George Méliès was a French filmmaker who led many technical developments in the early days of cinema. His short films were famous for special effects, time-lapse photography, and hand-painted colors, dazzling viewers as they told mythical stories and grand adventures with compelling characters. The 2011 film Hugo features a character representing Méliès and portrays a screening of his film A Trip to the Moon. Settle into a seat in the Rechter Room to enjoy selections from George Méliès’s film catalogue.


GALLERY EXPERIENCES

Family Activity Guide
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Ingram Gallery (Main Level)

Pick up a family activity guide at the entrance to Paris 1900 to learn some French phrases while strolling through the exhibition. C’est fantastique!

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Le Palais de l’Optique
The Palace of Optics
presented by Dyer Observatory

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Turner Courtyard

Located on the Champ de Mars, the Exposition’s Palace of Optics boasted the “largest telescope in existence,” which was 185 feet long and presented the moon at 8,000 times the size it appears to the naked eye. Join Dyer Observatory staff, our local experts on all things celestial, to get a glimpse at the sun through a sun telescope and share in their knowledge about star-gazing.

In the event of inclement weather, the Dyer Observatory experts will be stationed in the Grand Lobby.

Croquet on the Lawn
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Turner Courtyard

The first Olympic Games held outside of Greece occurred in Paris as part of the 1900 International Exposition. Nearly a thousand competitors took part in nineteen different sports, and women participated in the games for the first time. Although every nation was invited to compete in all the games, only France participated in croquet—seven Frenchmen competed, and seven Frenchmen earned medals. Swing by the Turner Courtyard to try your hand at this centuries-old game.

In the event of inclement weather, this activity will be canceled.


STUDIO ACTIVITIES

L’Usine d’Affiche
The Poster Factory

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Studio A (Upper Level)

In 1880, Jules Chéret introduced the “three stone process” to lithographic printing, which revolutionized advertising and set off a poster craze. First used to market goods and entertainment, posters were elevated to collectible fine art when designed by artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alfons Mucha. Join our educators in Studio A to create your own poster inspired by the Belle Époque. 


Le Palais de L’Électricité
The Palace of Electricity
presented by the Adventure Science Center

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Studio B (Upper Level)

With the city of Paris recently electrified, creative uses of light, sound, and movement dazzled and overwhelmed fairgoers at the International Exposition. The Palace of Electricity was a glorious illuminated dream, with a facade of stained glass, translucent ceramic decorations, and five thousand multicolored light bulbs. Join the team from the Adventure Science Center to experiment with electrical circuits, which in the early 1900s made possible luxurious new inventions such as vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and washing machines.


Fabulous French Fans
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Studio C (Upper Level)

Paris has set fashion trends for centuries, and in 1900 the city’s promenades turned into runways, boasting the latest in dress and accessories. A hand fan was both decorative and utilitarian and became an important part of haute couture. Fans were often made of the same fabric as the garment they accompanied, contributing to a complete fashion statement. Sashay into Studio C to make an elegant fan to help you keep cool—and be cool—with Edwardian style!


MARTIN ARTQUEST® GALLERY
1:00–5:30 p.m. (Upper Level)

Visit the Martin ArtQuest Gallery to experiment with a variety of exciting hands-on art activities, ranging from figure drawing to our new souvenir activity! Create a watercolor painting, give our printing press a spin, or make a Paris-inspired animation with the whole family.


This event is part of the 2018 Tennessee STEAM Festival (see tnsteam.org for details). 

 

Cat Financial

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Lynn and Ken Melkus

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Memorial Foundation

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