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Arts & Societies - Letter of Seminar # 98 - Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian

Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian, who has a PhD in Art History, is a Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) affiliated with the Laboratoire d’Études de Genre et de Sexualité (LEGS, Laboratory for the study of gender and sexuality—UMR 8238). She defended her doctoral dissertation on women artists in Symbolist circles in France, which was published, in the form of an essay, by Mare & Martin in 2015. Her current research investigations bear on the forms of artistic knowledge of women from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Arts & Societies - Letter of Seminar # 98 - Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian


 Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian, "Agnès Humbert, Suzanne Tardieu, and Ethnographic Things at the French National Museum of Popular Art and Traditions" in Letter of Seminar, Arts & Societes, #98, January 2nd, 2018

Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian is known for having extended the perimeter of research devoted to women. Here, she studies the issue of the conservation of things in the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, MNATP), which was created in 1937.  In taking a close look at the work of Agnès Humbert and Suzanne Tardieu at the MNATP, she sheds light on their singular relationship to minor objects, which are the fruits of forms of know-how that ensure a connection between art and forms as well as between art and life.  She leads us to discover their singular points of view on the museography and scenography of museum collections: beyond the aesthetic principle, what was at issue was to make the MNATP a scientific laboratory for research while interesting the public in the “social” portion of art.


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac