The Gertrude Stein Paradox
Michele Cone, Mary Ann Caws, Catharine Stimpson, Barbara Will
Monday 02 April, 2012
School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23 Street
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 Michele 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.