Monday, October 6, 2008

Day 3, part 2: Nuit Blanche!

After the Chloe show on Saturday, Susan from Seattle and I hooked up near the Trocadero to experience Nuit Blanche, the one night of the year Paris celebrates the arts from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.—for free! Many galleries are open all night and each train station throughout the city hosts and features the work of a contemporary artist. Tony Oursler did a cool video installation on the facade of one station, and in the Bastille we watched a Bollywood music and dance performance that was cool but the show was so fragmented I was unclear where the art came in. At another gallery around 2 a.m., we watched some cool video installations/performance, but most of the night's fun came in the spirit of the city: teenagers and hard-partiers especially embraced the up-all-night-aspect and drama was high. The Metro shut down and, stuck in the Bastille, I spent my first good night's sleep at her darling apartment.

Susan near the Eiffel Tower.

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