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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

8. Gertrude Stein: "The Mother of Us All"

08. Gertrude Stein:

Gertrude Stein, a collector, salonier, and writer, played a pivotal role in promoting cubism as a bonafide art form in the early 20th century. Born in 1874, raised in Oakland, and schooled at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, Stein relocated to Paris in 1903, where she readily embraced the experimental art of cubists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, passionately collecting and publicizing their works. In this program, Professor Wanda Corn presents a collection of archival photographs and cubist paintings, as well as sample writings and readings by Stein to demonstrate her importance to the emergence of cubism in Paris and the furtherance of the modernist movement. Corn speaks of Stein's fierce intellectual independence, her romantic relationship with Alice B. Toklas, and her relentless support for Picasso, whose art had been viewed by many as "chaotic, anarchistic, and out of control." Corn uses excerpts from Stein's book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and her opera, The Mother of Us All, to show how Stein's writing evoked much of the same controversy and perplexity that characterized the cubists. Stein used repetition and alliteration to convey the mellifluous texture of words, and she eschewed the boundaries of time through use of what she called the "continuous present." Corn argues that throughout her life, Gertrude Stein displayed unique and unbridled acumen, justifiably earning her reputation as "an object of fascination" and as "the Mother of the Avant-Garde." 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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