75 Reasons to Live: Glen Helfand on Ed Ruscha’s Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles

Writer, educator, and curator Glen Helfand speaks about Ed Ruscha's book Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles from 1967. Helfand, a child of Southern California, finds a certain nostalgic romance in Ruscha's abstracted take on the suburban California landscape.

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? In January 2010, during SFMOMA's three-day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks — 7.5 minutes or less! — on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it "manic splendor" — and it was. You can view all of the talks on The Anniversary Show exhibition page. Or look for them here, on Open Space.



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