From the archives: Richard Avedon Artist Talk

Artcast April 2014

Tucked away in some bulky steel filing cabinets in the SFMOMA offices there lies a vast archive of cassette tapes, recordings of public programs spanning more than 30 years. The museum recently embarked on a project to digitize these recordings and publish them online. This episode of SFMOMA Artcasts shares, unedited and in its entirety, one of our recent discoveries: a talk from 1986 in which photographer Richard Avedon and his two assistants, Laura Wilson, and Ruedi Hoffman, discuss Avedon's portrait project In the American West. The talk is introduced by Van Deren Coke, the former director of SFMOMA's photography department, and concludes with a question and answer segment with the audience.

To hear more archival SFMOMA public programs, visit our SoundCloud page at, where new selections are being uploaded regularly