About this Exhibition

FRIDAY FACE - a year in Boston is the result of a year-long experiment in spontaneous paintings and interviews led by French artist Aurélie Galois. The project was conceived in late 2014 after Aurélie Galois had completed her one-woman exhibition United Icons of America at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston. Once a week, the artist would do a quick, small-palette portrait of whichever person she happened to be most interested in at that moment, accompany it with a brief handwritten text explaining who the person was, and post it online. The process was rapid, informal and an immediate success. Using a Brookline’s coffee shop as the first centre for her operation, Galois had no problem finding subjects, and her subjects had no problem telling her who they were. They began to appear one every Friday to become the Friday Face.

About Aurélie Galois

Born in Burgundy, France in 1977, Aurélie Galois lives and works between Paris and Boston.In the early 90's, she began learning every traditional technique of oil painting, engraving, charcoal and pastels in a private studio in Paris.
After earning a Master’s degree in literature (Sorbonne University) and history of art (The School of the Louvre), she worked as editor-in-chief for Double Magazine for five years, and then as a free-lance journalist and writer. Meanwhile, she started to paint the portraits of those she was interviewing, and the stories she wanted to tell. She shows her portraits and narratives regularly, and does commissioned portraits for private collectors or for press magazines.

Above: One year in Boston, one portrait a week, oil on paper, 2014 & 2015


Gallery Hours

Monday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Call for Artists

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Our art exhibition program showcases local and international artists whose work has a connection with French and Francophone culture.

Whether you draw your inspiration from an artistic movement, a specific artist, a subject or a technique, you can submit your work for an opportunity to present your art to the public in our elegant brownstone's gallery in the heart of Back Bay, for month-long exhibitions from September through June.

Artists and projects are selected by a committee of art professionals, artists and art connoisseurs who meet twice a year. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

To submit your work please refer to the Call for Artists in which you will find a detailed description of requirements and conditions.

Upcoming Events

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Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

The French Cultural Center has the honor of presenting the work of local visual artist A’Key. This newest exhibition transports us to the world of women in francophone West Africa, whose images are often misrepresented or rendered invisible in mainstream media. A’Key’s art aims to place these women front and center.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:30 PM To 8:00 PM

Join us for our first outside-the-Center conversation evening. Good times and chocolate await!

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM

Join us for our October Ciné-Club de l'Alliance as we screen Philippe Claudel's Tous les Soleils. The film follows a hapless music teacher as he struggles to reclaim his life after stumbling into a romance he never saw coming.

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