Monday, May 16, 2011

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Man Ray. Alice and Gertrude. 1922. First semi-official "coming out" portrait.

"A rose is a rose is a rose, " said Gertrude. This, like many of her famous and familiar quotes only shows a part of the woman. She was creative and her salon the the center of much of artistic Paris for decades. But she also capricious and contumacious, not always an easy person to have around and the subject of dislike as well as love, awe and wonder. The exhibit presents Gertrude in all her contradictory glory, probably the most famous Lesbian in Western culture (to date), a full banquet in five magnificent courses.

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