75 Reasons to Live: Leslie Shows on Arthur Dove

January 3, 2011  |  By
Filed under: One on One

Arthur Dove, _Silver Ball No. 2_, 1930

Artist Leslie Shows on Arthur Dove’s Silver Ball No. 2 (1930). “I love the literalness of using metallic silver paint to depict a silver ball … yet he also uses this silver paint in the atmosphere around the silver ball, so the silver depicts not only silver but depicts the luminousness of moonlight, luminousness of the atmosphere.” [Jennifer Sonderby’s 75 Reasons talk on Leslie is here.]

NEWS: We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen: tomorrow, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!

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.


  1. Kathy Hodge Says:

    I really enjoyed this talk, you can tell Leslie really responds to the painting. I’m a big fan of Arthur Dove, but hadn’t seen this one, it’s a beauty.

  2. Suzanne Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    thanks for your note–I really enjoy this talk too and fell in love with the painting on listening to Leslie talk about it.

  3. Zib Kodur Says:

    Yes, somewhere there I notice a reason…

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