Renny Pritikin

Renny Pritikin has held three positions in arts organizations in Northern California over the past thirty years. For more than a decade he was director of New Langton Arts in San Francisco, an alternative space that specialized in new and experimental work in visual art, performance, new music, and literature. Following that, again for more than a decade, he was chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. At the current time he is director and curator of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Art Collection at the University of California, Davis.

Career highlights include a lecture tour to museums throughout Japan as a guest of the State Department, and an official visit to Israel as a Koret Fellow, both in 1995. In 2001 he was the curator of the United States participation in the Cuenca Bienal, in Ecuador. In 2003, as a Fulbright Fellow, he gave a lecture tour to museums throughout New Zealand.

Pritikin holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the California State University, San Francisco. He has published three books of poetry, most recently in 2007 from POD Press in San Francisco, and published dozens of catalogue essays, both in the United States and in Japan, and Germany. He is a senior adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts’ curatorial studies graduate program since 2001.

Pritikin is often identified with movements to bring aspects of popular culture into the fine arts arena, having curated projects by such artists as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (car customizer); George Lucas (The Art of Star Wars); Don Ed Hardy (tattoo); Syd Mead (designer of Blade Runner); and Ricky Jay (magician and scholar). He also curated early exhibitions by such artists as Nancy Rubins, Fred Tomaselli, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson and Margaret Kilgallen, and brought the work of such artists as Tim Hawkinson, Tom Friedman, Doris Salcedo, and many others to the Bay Area for the first time.

Posts by Renny Pritikin (Renny Pritikin)

Notes on The Clock
May 10, 2013  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

Time Travel in the Arts
November 8, 2012  |  By | Filed under Essay, Miscellany | 0 Comments »

Memoirs of a Circuit Judge
May 11, 2012  |  By | Filed under Essay | 3 Comments »

Nocturne
August 1, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

Shadowshop: Recipe for Boiling Water
March 10, 2011  |  By | Filed under 151 3rd, Conversations | 2 Comments »

The Way the Wild, Wild Art World Works
December 22, 2010  |  By | Filed under Essay, Field Notes | 5 Comments »

Found Images from Public Desktops
November 25, 2010  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Essay | 0 Comments »

Curved Space
October 22, 2010  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 1 Comment »

Notable Scatalogical Quotations on the Occasion of the (almost) 50th Anniversary of Manzoni’s Can
September 25, 2010  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 3 Comments »

Musings: on artists
August 27, 2010  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

On Artist’s Artists
July 15, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 5 Comments »

Conversation with Zachary Royer Scholz
May 25, 2010  |  By | Filed under Conversations | 0 Comments »

Final thoughts on the invisible
May 18, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Science Fiction and Art
May 11, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 4 Comments »

MFA Exhibition Season
May 4, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 2 Comments »

Stepping on Brecht’s toes…
April 27, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 10 Comments »

More on researching the invisible
April 20, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 1 Comment »

A curator’s day: part two
April 13, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

A curator’s day
April 6, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 2 Comments »

Notes toward a Lecture on the Invisible and Art
March 30, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 4 Comments »

Facts, for a change
March 23, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 10 Comments »

Who are we?
March 16, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

More Musings on Museum Building Booms
March 9, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 5 Comments »

On the Reinvented Oakland Museum
March 2, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 4 Comments »

“A Few of My Favorite Things,” with apologies to Julie Andrews
February 23, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 9 Comments »

10,000 Year Clock
February 16, 2010  |  By | Filed under Conversations | 0 Comments »

Artists Who’ve Left Town
February 9, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 102 Comments »