Coinciding with the exhibition “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde” currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, faculty member Michèle C. Cone will lead a roundtable discussion entitled “The Gertrude Stein Paradox” on the often enigmatic and mercurial figure of Gertrude Stein as a writer, thinker and patron of the arts. Presented by the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department, the event takes place on Monday, April 2 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 Street).
Michèle C. Cone will be joined by fellow Stein scholars 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. With each panelist weighing in on a particular aspect of what Dr. Cone calls the “Stein Paradox,” the discussion will range from Stein’s early embrace of Picasso and Gris and her own cubist writings, to her later interest in the neo-Romantic stage designers of the 1920s and 1930s, her absorption in detective stories and her attraction to the fascist regime of Marshal Pétain during World War II.
To read Dr. Cone’s recent review of “The Steins Collect” on Artnet.com click here.
Image: Francis Picabia, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1933, oil on canvas, 45 5/8 x23 3/4 inches, © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.