75 Reasons to Live: Martin Venezky on Unknown/Untitled

Unknown/Untitled (California rancher/cowboy in front of a backdrop), ca. 1870

Martin Venezky is a designer, and the owner of Appetite Engineers. He’s speaking here about a untitled tintype, taken in a portrait studio ca. 1870 by an unknown photographer, of a young man in cowboy attire. “I look at it more as a picture of aspiration rather than occupation.”  (Click the thumbnail for a larger view.) A wonderful selection of some of the many works by Martin in SFMOMA’s collection, here.

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less!—on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it ‘manic splendor’—and it was. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.

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