January 25, 2012

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks, starting THURSDAY with DAVID BEST

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

Tomorrow night sculptor David Best (1977 SECA Art Award), well-known for his fantastic art cars and immense temporary temple constructions at Burning Man, kicks off a new iteration of our One on One talks with an in-gallery chat about Joan Brown’s Noel in the Kitchen. It’s going to be awesome.

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve temporarily restyled our weekly curator talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees, who will give us their particular takes on something on view. Mark calendars — I think these will be fantastic, intimate, smart, and fun:

Jan 26: David Best on Joan Brown

Feb 2: Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins
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


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.

About Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards:

Celebrating the unique and long-standing role of SFMOMA’s SECA award program, this presentation brings into dialogue works by a number of past award recipients. In concert with an oral history project and a comprehensive book, the exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the museum’s distinguished art interest group SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), which honors the achievements of Bay Area artists. The exhibition offers a lens onto some of the key artistic approaches that have contributed to the vitality and breadth of contemporary art here. Artists include William Allan, Hung Liu, Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, Laurie Reid, and Kota Ezawa, among many others.

Comments (1)

  • so far as I can understnad, standing here under the masks – already they are running and flying says eliade or however they spell her name, I read her the ROmanian friend of ionesco deeply when I ws still alive, etc. – looks like shaman that’s why I add the comment, so it seems there will be a series of talks, their was a photo exhibit of real shaman while back at thr david brower center, .

    But,! Why don’t you film these, for us people unable to be there, for reasons that are far from morally arbitrary? Thank you sir.

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