Steven Watson is a cultural historian and the author of Prepare for Saints, the key book on Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts. He will discuss this work and its place in the history of modern culture. SFMOMA's new production of Four Saints in Three Acts will be presented at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from August 18 through 21.
The Steins Collect is a guide to the personal and artistic relationships that formed the crucible of modern art. This series of five talks by curators and historians explores those relationships and describes how and why the story of modern art owes so much to that moment in history. It looks at the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Gertrude Stein, three of the most adventurous artists of the period.