Gertrude Stein / Jo Davidson (1883–1952) / Terra-cotta, 1922–23

Gertrude Stein / Jo Davidson (1883–1952) / Terra-cotta, 1922–23 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. Maury Leibovitz

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

October 14, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), one of America’s most famous writers, lived in France from 1903 until her death. She experimented radically with language and reached across the arts, befriending young writers like Ernest Hemingway and artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

This exhibition tells five stories about Stein and the sensorium of seeing, taking seriously the writer’s repeated insistence that eyes “were more important than ears.”