SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins

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 awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmins’s  Blackboard Tableau #1:

Vija Celmins, Blackboard Tableau #1, 2007–10

Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins’s Blackboard Tableau #1. Carnwath mentions Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés and Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World.

1980 SECA Art Award installation view: Squeak Carnwath, My Own Ghost, 1980, mixed-media

Squeak Carnwath, Let Sleeping, 1984

Squeak Carnwath with Vija Celmins’s Blackboard Tableau #1

Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) received an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1977 and continues to live and work in the Bay Area. She taught at the University of California from 1982 to 2010. Her work is in the collections of major institutions such as SFMOMA and the Brooklyn Museum, and she has received numerous awards, including two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Tomorrow night: Kathryn VanDyke on Agnes Martin’s Falling Blue.

UPCOMING SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist talks:

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 Pederson
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.

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