Josh Elkes on SECA

Portrait of a young Cuacasian man with curly brown hair in front of a colorful abstract artwork

Photo: Don Ross

Why did you decide to join SECA, and what do you appreciate about it most?

I moved to San Francisco from New York in 2015, and SECA was my first step into the West Coast art world. I’d been very involved with the arts in New York and was looking for ways to connect with people here who were passionate about art. SECA has also served as an invaluable educational tool for learning about the local art scene and emerging West Coast artists and galleries.

What about the local art scene gets you excited?

With the opening of SFMOMA, Minnesota Street Projects, Gagosian Gallery, and other notable venues, there is incredible momentum building, and a growing public interest in collecting.

Do you have a favorite place in the new building?

I love the Calder room and garden, as well as the Lichtensteins. I just love Roy Lichtenstein’s Portable Radio (1962), with the leather handle and metal binding.

What artists do you have your eye on right now?

Scott Reeder, Andrew Kuo, Phillip Vigil, and Mark Bradford.

How would you describe SFMOMA’s culture?

Open, accepting, and contemporary.

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