THE STEIN FAMILY: THE MAKING OF MODERN ART: a film by elizabeth lennard

The Emerald Tablet is pleased to present a screening of filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard‘s acclaimed documentary of the Stein family, produced in conjunction with the Paris leg of the recent traveling exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, which was on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011. Lennard will be present for the screening and will answer questions directly afterward.

the stein familyThis is the first film to relate the history of that unconventional family. Americans of German origin, the Steins, previously residing in Pittsburgh PA, Baltimore, MD and the San Francisco Bay Area, settled in Paris at the start of the 20th century. Gertrude, the avant-garde writer, and her brother Leo lived on rue de Fleurus, and Michael, their elder brother and his wife Sarah lived on rue Madame. The Steins were among the first collectors to buy works of art by Matisse and Picasso. They opened up their homes to the artistic avant-garde movements of their time and built up an incomparable modern art collection. The documentary highlights the Steins’ contribution to modern art, covering Leo’s perspective on the sources of modernity, Gertrude’s friendship with Picasso, Sarah and Michael’s links to Matisse, and the projects Gertrude launched in the 1920s and 30s with artists such as Picasso, Gris, Masson and Picabia.

Based in Paris, France, artist and filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard grew up partially in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown her photographs and films widely in museums and galleries, both here and abroad, including at Dinter Fine Art in New York and the Marie Victoire Poliakoff Gallery in Paris.

No stranger to The Emerald Tablet, several early films by Lennard were included in the December 2012 screening of Bohemian Nights 3: Beat Attitude, a program of artists films developed by Ingrid Dinter.

Co-produced by Artline films and the Rmn-GP and Arte.
Running time: 54 minutes

THE STEIN FAMILY: the making of modern art
Saturday September 7th 2013, 7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm screening.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
Free. 
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.

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