In this episode we examine early twentieth-century salon culture. Our story begins with the gatherings of artists and patrons hosted by the Stein family — author Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael Stein, and Michael's wife Sarah Stein. First, art historian Emily Braun and SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop discuss the Stein Salons — how they formed and why people flocked to their homes. Next we hear from Wanda Corn, co-curator of "Seeing Gertrude Stein" at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in a panel discussion on artist circles and sexuality. Wrapping up the segment we hear from artist and curator Margaret Tedesco on an SFMOMA event called The Living Room, a series of conversations that revolved around significant moments in the Bay Area's avant-garde history, which she co-organized. We also hear from two participants in the event: Nate Boyce and George Chen, who discuss the Bay Area's experimental music scene.
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