75 Reasons to Live: Rebecca Solnit on Jay DeFeo


Jay DeFeo, The Verónica, 1957

San Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit‘s forthcoming book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas reimagines traditional map-making in 22 inventive maps, 7 of which SFMOMA is issuing this year in broadside copies linked to a series of Live Art events. The second program of the series is this weekend. Rebecca speaks here about what it meant, especially in the 50s, to be a West Coast, Bay Area artist, touching on Wallace Berman, George Hermes, Bruce Conner, Jess, Wally Hedrick, Michael & Joanne McClure, Joan Brown and Manual Neri, and indeed Jay DeFeo, and The Verónica (1957). More Jay DeFeo. More Rebecca at Alternet. Come see the painting, it’s extraordinary, and nothing but seeing it in real life will do. Only up through the end of the month.

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.

Comments (5)

  • Is it possible to see a video, or get a transcript of Rebecca’s talk on What it Means to be a West Coast Artist?

    (The second program of the series is this weekend. Rebecca speaks here about what it meant, especially in the 50s, to be a West Coast, Bay Area artist, touching on Wallace Berman, George Hermes, Bruce Conner, Jess, Wally Hedrick, Michael & Joanne McClure, Joan Brown and Manual Neri, and indeed Jay DeFeo, and The Verónica (1957).)

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Nelson
    pen@splab.org

  • You got a truly useful blog I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your success is extremely a lot an inspiration for me.

  • I can’t believe that a Wally Hedrick memorial retrospective hasn’t been put up .

  • Laurent Sauerwein says:

    Yes, any video or transcript of Rebecca Solnit’s lecture? Thank you.

  • Wally told me Bill Brown, a trumpet player , was the bridge between the Dixieland guys and the Bebopers

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