Mais Oui, Dancez!

Mais Oui, Dancez!

Meg Boe Birns

I am an artist, literature teacher, and literary critic. I teach literature at The New School and NYU and publish academic articles as Margaret Boe Birns, but I show as an artist under the name Meg Boe Birns. I have always thought I had a Literature Self and an Art Self, and the slight difference in name expresses that. My Art Self works with paint, canvas, papier-mâché, clay, wood, metal, and found objects to create pieces that do not subsume the materials within the content, but instead make the materials part of the subject matter. Whether abstract or figurative, my work will often integrate tactility into a design, but it is not the product of a conscious or intellectual plan; I believe I work within an intuitive context, as though the imagery springs directly from the unconscious in the manner of automatic writing.

Mais Oui, Dancez!, 2019

Artist – Meg Boe Birns
Medium – Acrylic on Canvas
Size – 12″ round



This is a picture I imagined of a young girl engaging in a casual, joyful dance. The title is inspired by an Edith Piaf song “Milord,” in which she shouts at one point “MAIS OUI, DANCEZ!” In the song, she is exuberantly encouraging a shy customer in her cabaret to let go and dance.


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A: All purchases will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive confirmation if you’re able to complete the purchase of a piece via email or phone call.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: All payments will be made through the artist. When you received notice about your inquiry, if the piece is still available for purchase you will receive a list of their accepted forms of payment (Venmo, Cashapp, Zelle, or PayPal).

Q: Will you ship my piece to me?

A: We will not be shipping any pieces. Once a piece has been purchased, we will coordinate the pick of the item at our community center. The Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Ave, NY, NY 10025.

Q: How does my purchase benefit the W.H.A.M Festival and the Community Arts Program?

A: The artists have pledged to donate 50% of the sale price to the Community Arts program. The W.H.A.M. Festival serves as Goddard Riverside Community Arts Program’s annual charitable fundraising drive that jointly supports our presented artists and the future of our programs, including PAC, the Performing Arts Conservatory summer program offering 100% tuition-free professional training in music, dance, and drama for young performers.

Q: Will I receive a gift receipt of my purchase for tax purposes?

A: No. All payments will go through the artists directly, not Goddard Riverside.


Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: Meg Boe Birns accepts Zelle, PayPal or Venmo as forms of payment for this piece. If you have inquired, please allow up to 48 hours for a response. If accepted, you will then receive any additional information you need to complete the transaction through Zelle, PayPal or Venmo.


Acquiring your Piece

All pieces will be coordinated for pick up at our community center once payment has been confirmed. The Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Ave, NY, NY 10025. We do not ship any of the pieces.

Return Policy 

All sales are final. Once a customer makes a purchase, they will not be able to return that item for a replacement or refund.