An American Jewish family, the Steins – writer Gertrude, her love Alice B. Toklas and her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Sarah lived as expatriates in early 20th century Paris. They were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso. For the past decade the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been drawing on collections from around the world to reunite the the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art. I was able to see the opening of this spectacular exhibition at SF MOMA on Friday evening joined by my dear friend Douglas Bondick.
Appealing mostly to the LGBT Jewish family or queer art aficionados I have put together a few events on our Jewish Community Federation community calendar so you too can enjoy the Stein Salon amongst friends (or soon to be friends).