The Other Side of Genius: Hemingway, Gershwin, cummings, Leger, & Picasso


Lucky young Americans in Paris during the 1920s, including Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Gershwin, measured themselves against monumental figures of the time: Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky. Powerful personal connections link the works that grew from near-daily contact with other geniuses. 

What has been obscured by the halo of their success is that many were audaciously trying media with which they had little experience. Writers and composers painted up a storm, artists turned into poets, and the theater gathered dream teams of talent. Hemingway was a connoisseur of contemporary art, Gershwin and cummings exhibited paintings, Leger made films, Pound wrote an opera, and Picasso was spending more time backstage at the Ballets Russes than in the studio. This is a celebration of the courage to go beyond one’s specialty to experiment.

Wine provided by Jenny & Francois and special literary goodies from Obvious State




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.




Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors


Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


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Other upcoming Olios


Nov 12

Buying and Purchasing Sex: The Philosophy of Prostitution

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Nov 12

Kafka’s The Castle: God’s Nightmare Bureaucracy

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $15

Nov 13

Ancient Healing for Modern Anxiety: Qigong Workshop

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7:30 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $30

Nov 14

*SOLD OUT* Hip-Hop and Critical Race Theory

Taught by Kashema Hutchinson
7:30 p.m. at Work Heights - Electric

Sign Up - $15

Nov 15

Do You Have Kids? The Politics of Motherhood

Taught by Ifeoma Ike
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

Sign Up - $15

Nov 17

Spiritual Misfits

Taught by Christopher Kelley
1 p.m. at Moon Rise Studio

Sign Up - $15

Nov 21

Undoing Heterosexuality

Taught by Pani Farvid
7:30 p.m. at Work Heights - Electric

Sign Up - $15

Nov 22

Anti-Education

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Dec 6

Rolling in the Deep: Carl Jung and the Creative Subconscious

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7:30 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $20

Dec 12

Public Philosophy: What do you think?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Nowhere Studios

Sign Up - $20


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