Every July, the Norton Museum of Art waves a red, white and blue flag for France’s independence day, and celebrates the time when a mob of angry French folks stormed a medieval prison.
Bastille Day, which the Norton will commemorate on Saturday, July 15, with music, film screenings and French dishes, marked the end of tyrannical aristocratic rule and dramatically changed Paris’ economy and politics.
The city undergoes another rapid transformation in the turn-of-the-century, black-and-white photographs of Eugene Atget, part of the Norton’s new summer exhibit “French Connections: Photography,” which will open Thursday, June 29. The centerpiece of the show, pulled from the Norton’s permanent collection, are Atget’s photos of old Paris, including aging cabarets and empty street corners. Also in the exhibit are a donation of photos from artist Erika Stone, which capture anonymous characters roaming French streets. The exhibit will join the museum’s other summer show, “Yeondoo Jung: Behind the Scenes.”
On June 29, the museum’s Art After Dark gathering will spotlight “French Connections” with music, art talks, happy hour and a conversation with curator J. Rachel Gustafson.
When: Thursday, June 29, through Aug. 13 (Bastille Day celebration will take place noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 15)
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach