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The Gertrude Stein Paradox: Michèle Cone heads a panel of renowned Stein scholars

Apr 2, 2012; 12:00 am
Artwork of a man who is posing in front of a valley.
Artist: Francis Picabia
Credit: Francis Picabia, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1933, Oil on Canvas, 45 5/8 x 23 3/4 inches, Copyright 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Coinciding with the exhibition “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde” on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, historian and SVA faculty member Michèle C. Cone leads a roundtable discussion on the sometimes problematic and mercurial figure of Gertrude Stein as a writer, thinker and patron of the arts. Dr. Cone is joined by Mary Ann Caws, distinguished professor of English, French and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Catharine Stimpson, professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University; and Barbara Will, professor of English at Dartmouth College. The discussion ranges from Stein's early embrace of Picasso and Gris and her own cubist writings to her later collecting of works by theatre designing neo-Romantics, her absorption in detective stories and her attraction to the Fascist regime of Marshall Pétain during WWII. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

Monday, April 2, 7pm

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

Free and open to the public

Free and open to the public