Saturday: 23 February 2019
12 noon, Club Room
Free to Members (£5.00 Guests)
Speaker: Dr Christopher Breward
Four Saints in Three Acts was an extraordinary opera premiered at the Wadsworth Atheneum,
Hartford and on Broadway in 1934 to popular and critical acclaim. A collaboration between writer
Gertrude Stein, composer Virgil Thomson, artist Florine Stettheimer, choreographer Frederick
Ashton, curator Chic Austin, photographer Lee Miller and an African- American cast from Harlem it
deserves to be better known. Fortunately, a recent exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery
has brought its striking sound and imagery to a new British audience.
In this lecture, Dr Christopher Breward will reveal the gossip, creativity and subversive intent that lay
behind the opera’s artistic and commercial success.
Dr Christopher Breward Bio
Christopher Breward is Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland. He was trained at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art, London and has previously worked as Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and as Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. His published interests include the relationship between Art and Fashion, Visual and cultural histories of masculinity and histories of city life.