Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Virgil Thomson, 1930, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Chic Collaborations: Dr Christopher Breward

  • Our Friends | Lecture or talk
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the Academy building. No admittance to the gallery before 6:15pm)
  • Wednesday 9 May, 6:30- 8:30pm
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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.

Why not make the most of your evening at the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant with a pre-lecture supper at 5pm. £15 for a main course and glass of wine, booking required by calling 0131 225 1550 quoting ‘Friends pre-lecture dinner’, or book online.