AMERICAN GENIUS | GERTRUDE STEIN
Poster design promoting Dr. Nick LoLordo’s OU Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series on Gertrude Stein, titled “American Genius”.
The concept behind the incorporation of roses in the design is based on Gertrude Stein’s most famous quotation, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” In the same regard, the color palette was chose because Stein actually stipulated that a children’s book she wrote late in life, “The World is Round” be printed on pink paper. She also stipulated that the type be blue, her favorite color.
This course will use Stein to explore the problem of the modern American genius, through contexts such as the impact of Cubism and other modern artistic movements on America, the relationship between democratic artistic publics and cultural elites, and the very idea of literary or artistic greatness; Stein’s work will be read alongside a constellation of related figures (William James, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway).