75 Reasons to Live: Rebecca Solnit on Jay DeFeo’s The Verónica

Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco-based writer. She speaks here about what it meant, especially in the 1950s, to be a West Coast artist, touching on Wallace Berman, George Herms, Bruce Conner, Jess, Wally Hedrick, Michael and Joanna McClure, Joan Brown and Manuel Neri, and indeed Jay DeFeo, and her painting The Verónica (1957).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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