“The artistic equivalent of a splash
of cold water on the face”
—The New York Times
Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s annual fall festival presenting interdisciplinary works and performances in New York. The festival explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.
Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press. The festival has been voted “Best of 2009,” “Best of 2010,” and “Best of 2012" by Time Out New York, Frieze, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Events at the festival have won several Bessie awards, and 2012’s Habit received an Obie award for creators David Levine and Marsha Ginsberg.
This year, over twenty-five days (September 19–October 13), the festival's seventh edition, offers New Yorkers a chance to engage with the work and imagination of seventeen extraordinary international artists, several presenting their work and ideas in New York for the first time. All this is made possible thanks to the invaluable partnerships we enjoy with presenters and institutions across the city, as well as our funders and sponsors on both sides of the Atlantic.
We invite you to explore the work, engage with the artists, and re-imagine your world!
Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, Gideon Lester
Co-Curators, Crossing the Line 2013