In late March, the Cultural Services of the United States French Embassy kicked off “How 1917 Changed the World: A Centennial Commemoration of The United States Entrance into World War One,” a major cultural and educational year-long initiative highlighting the 100th anniversary of this critical year of change. The slate of programs will also focus on the significant cultural impact of the Great War.
On April 6, 1917, the United States formally declared war against Germany and joined the Allied efforts in the first World War (WWI), making that year one of the most significant of the century in redefining the world order.
The following events will be held across New York State:
Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm – The Museum of the City of New York will host a conversation, Propaganda by Design, with leading graphic designers, Seymour Chwast, Laurie Rosenwald, and Paula Scher, moderated by Donald Albrecht, co-curator of the exhibition, to discuss a selection of rarely exhibited propaganda posters and consider parallels in the world of graphic design and illustration today.
Wednesday, April 5 at 7 pm – In homage to Paul Wittgenstein — the concert pianist who lost an arm in World War I and commissioned piano concerti for the left hand alone — musicians will perform at Le Poisson Rouge, Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917) by Ravel, a piece dedicated to Ravel’s friends who died in battle, and Suite pour 2 violons, violoncelle et piano op.23, a piece commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein.
Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm – A free screening of the silent film Wings, which won the 1929 Oscar for best film by director William Wellman, will be shown at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), set to a live US premiere performance of the musical score by Baudime Jam featuring France’s Prima Vista Quartet. Presented to commemorate the centennial of the United States’ April 6, 1917 entry into World War I, the romantic anti-war film stars Clara Bow and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance.
More events will be added throughout the year. For a complete list of events and details, click here.
Photo: Cultural Services of the French Embassy Building, courtesy Cultural Services of the French Embassy.