SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: David Best on Joan Brown

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view.   Last week, sculptor David Best (1977 SECA Art Award) talked about Joan Brown, and her painting Noel in the Kitchen:

Joan Brown, Noel in the Kitchen, 1964; Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Dale C. Crichton, © Estate of Joan Brown

David Best on Joan Brown’s Noel in the Kitchen, and in conversation with the audience.

*Left*: Mimi Jacobs, Joan Brown, Artist, 1977; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA; anonymous gift.  *Right* David Best, Untitled, 1977; porcelain with feathers, dead mice, birds, shells, toys, bottle, and necklace; Collection SFMOMA, gift in memory of Floyd Douglas Conkey and Evelyn Blunt Conkey, 78.12

David Best (1977 SECA Art Award) is well-known for his fantastic art cars and immense temporary temple constructions at Burning Man.

Tomorrow night: Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmin’s Blackboard Tableau #1.


Feb 9: Kathryn VanDyke on Agnes Martin
Feb 16: Maria Porges on Janine Antoni
Feb 23: Shaun O’Dell on Kamau Amu Patton

Mar 1: Chris Finley on Vija Celmins
Mar 8: Josephine Taylor on Mitzi Peterson
Mar 15: Jordan Kantor on On Kawara
Mar 22: Rebeca Bollinger on artist TBD
Mar 29: Hung Liu on Rosana Castrillo Díaz

DON’T MISS THESE! Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Talks last 20 minutes and are free with museum admission — which is half-price Thursday eves, or of course, totally free if you’re a member. If you can’t make it into the galleries, check back here on Wednesdays: we’ll record and post the audio to Open Space each week.

Comments (1)

  • How nice it is to listen to David Best’s comments about Joan Brown. Her last studio in San Francisco on Yosemite Avenue was next to mine. Noel’s studio was on the other side. I got to know her during the time I spent at Charles Campbell’s Gallery on Chestnut Street and from The Dolphin Club where we both swam in the icy-cold bay. Her day in India was such a sad moment. Thank you David Best for your kind memories.

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