Starting today, the Yerba Buena neighborhood of San Francisco celebrates Gertrude Stein—specifically her tremendous influence on modern art, literature, and culture—with a variety of events, locations and collaborators.
If you don’t live nearby, book a flight, a train or bus and pack your bags—this is a rare series not to be missed.
What: Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
When: May 12 thru September 6, 2011
Where: the Contemporary Jewish Museum
An art-filled biographical exploration of Gertrude Stein as a literary pioneer, transatlantic modernist, Jewish-American expatriate, American celebrity, art collector, and artists’ muse.
What: Words + Voices Free Outdoor Series
When: May 17, August 16, and September 20, 2011
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Poets Litquake and TODCO will pay tribute to, and reflect on, the poet and writer Gertrude Stein.
What: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
When: May 21 thru September 6, 2011
Where: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA
As American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, Gertrude Stein and her family were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso—and collect their early works.
This landmark exhibition offers a rare, in-depth chance to view the artworks and learn more about these extraordinary people behind the birth of modern art.
What: UC Berkeley Extension Course on Gertrude Stein
When: June 2, 16, 23, and 30; July 7, 2011
Where: UC Berkeley Extension
An educational experience that will examine the way Stein presented herself—and how others depicted her throughout her life. Sessions will be held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and SFMOMA.
What: Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation
When: August 18 (preview), 19 - 21, 2011
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
In association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA presents Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’. An experimental milestone in 20th century music—and a Broadway hit in 1934—the chamber opera organization Ensemble Parallèle, composer Luciano Chessa, and video and performance artist Kalup Linzy are in on this new production.