The Steins Collect

Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Yerba Buena Neighborhood Celebrates Gertrude Stein
Images from left: Photo: Steve DiBartolom‚Äčeo, Westside Studio Images. Henri Matisse, Woman with a Hat, 1905; Collection SFMOMA, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © 2011 Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell. Thérèse Bonney, Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein, ca. 1929; courtesy The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (1982.111.16 Stein, Gertrude-POR 14). TODCO Poets at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival; photo: John Spicer.

Yerba Buena Neighborhood Celebrates Gertrude Stein

Join the Yerba Buena neighborhood this summer in celebrating the life of writer Gertrude Stein and her influence on modern art, literature, and culture. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will each host related programming: from art exhibitions to opera, poetry readings to salons, there's definitely a there there. Check out the full schedule of events, program highlights, and special offers below.

Program Highlights

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

May 12 - September 6, 2011
Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum debuts the first major museum exhibition to fully investigate the fascinating life and visual legacy of Gertrude Stein. Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories is an art-filled biographical exploration of Stein's identities as a literary pioneer, transatlantic modernist, Jewish American expatriate, American celebrity, art collector, and muse to artists of several generations.

Words + Voices

July 12, August 16, and September 20, 2011
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

As part of the Words + Voices free outdoor series, Litquake and TODCO Poets will pay tribute to and reflect on poet and writer Gertrude Stein.

Note: The Words + Voices Series: Litquake event has been rescheduled from May 17 to July 12, 2011.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

May 21 - September 6, 2011
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Behind every canvas is a story. Behind this extraordinary exhibition, there is a revolution. 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. This landmark exhibition offers a rare, in-depth encounter with the artworks and the extraordinary people behind the birth of modern art.

UC Berkeley Extension Course on Gertrude Stein

June 2, 16, 23, and 30; July 7, 2011
UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension, together with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, offers a five-session course on the exhibition Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories. This art-filled educational experience examines the way Stein presented herself and how others depicted her in portraiture throughout her life. Each session will be held at the CJM and will feature guest lecturers, including curators Tirza True Latimer and Wanda M. Corn. One session will be held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.

Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation

August 18 (preview), 19 - 21, 2011
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, presents a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, an experimental milestone in 20th-century music as well as a Broadway hit in 1934. Nodding to the original, the new production presents a rich artistic collaboration among the chamber opera organization Ensemble Parallèle (concept design by Brian Staufenbiel and conducted by Nicole Paiement), composer Luciano Chessa, and video and performance artist Kalup Linzy.

Seeing Gertrude Stein Ticket Offer

Present your SFMOMA ticket stub for The Steins Collect at the Contemporary Jewish Museum's admissions desk for $2 off an adult admission to Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories. Valid May 18 through September 6, 2011.

Members-Only Specials

From May 12 to September 6, 2011, CJM and SFMOMA members receive a 10% discount on new memberships at either organization. Please present a valid membership card. Discount is available on new memberships only and does not apply to renewals or gift membership purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

As part of the Yerba Buena neighborhood celebration of Gertrude Stein, members of SFMOMA, CJM, and YBCA can enjoy special discounts for the following events:

David Greenspan's Plays (CJM)

May 26 and 29, 2011
Event details

Tickets: $20 general; $10 members. SFMOMA and YBCA members use promo code "SFMOMA2011" or "YBCA 2011" to receive the member discount when purchasing online or at the CJM box office. Please present a valid membership card at the box office.

Jesse Nathan's Dinner (CJM)

June 2 and 5, 2011
Event details

Tickets: $20 general; $10 member. Purchase online or at the CJM box office. SFMOMA and YBCA members use promo code "SFMOMA2011" or "YBCA 2011" when purchasing online or at the CJM box office. Please present a valid membership card at the box office.

UC Extension Course (CJM)

Thursdays, June 2 to July 7, 2011
Event details

SFMOMA, CJM, and YBCA members enjoy reduced course enrollment fees by calling the UC Berkeley Extension office at 510.642.4111 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and providing your membership number when you enroll (discount not available online).

Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture: Wayne Koestenbaum (SFMOMA)

June 2, 2011
Event details

Tickets: $10 general, $7 member. Purchase online (handling fee applies) or at the SFMOMA box office (no handling fee). When purchasing online, select the "Member ticket" category to receive the member discount. Please present valid membership card at the box office.

Reciprocal Member Day (All)

June 4, 2011
Event details

SFMOMA, CJM, and YBCA members receive complimentary admission for two people per membership at any of the three participating institutions on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Please present a valid membership card.

Steven Watson Prepares for Saints (SFMOMA)

August 11, 2011
Event details

Tickets: $10 general; $7 member. Purchase online (handling fee applies) or at the SFMOMA box office (no handling fee). When purchasing online, select the "Member ticket" category to receive the member discount. Please present valid membership card at the box office.

 

Calendar of Events

View all of Yerba Buena neighborhood’s exciting Stein events in May, June, July, and August!

These programs are generously underwritten by community leaders, corporations, and foundations. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit each organization's website.