Postwar Paris, with its tolerant and cosmopolitan atmosphere (and its low cost of living), attracted a startling number of America’s cultural icons to live and work among the European avant-garde in a moveable feast of creativity. The exhilaration of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s inspired talented American expatriates crossing national, cultural, and artistic boundaries to create innovative modern forms of their art. Gertrude Stein’s "Une generation perdue" , this “lost” generation of American artistic geniuses exuberantly and profoundly influenced literature, art, filmmaking, music, dance, and theater, reshaping twentieth-century American and European culture.
Speakers include Donald W. Faulkner (NY State Writers Institute), Wanda M. Corn (Stanford), Deborah Loft (Marin College), and Tyler Stovall (UC Berkeley). Luciano Chessa (SF Conservatory of Music) introduces a musical performance with Heidi Sali (soprano) and Benjamin Kreith (violin). Actress Laura Sheppard performs Paris Portraits, with direction and design by Suzanne Stassevich;, pianist Karen Rosenak provides accompaniment.