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LOCAL>> Learning in the Grove of Akademus: A Virtual Talk with Jeff Gunderson
Virtual Talk: the founding of CSFA’s groundbreaking photography program
We’re collaborating with Larkspur Library to present a free talk with longtime San Francisco Art Institute librarian and resident historian, Jeff Gunderson, who presented this talk to a packed house at Bolinas Museum earlier this year in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition curated by Jennifer O’Keefe, The Golden Decade: Photography at the School of Fine Arts 1945-1955.
If you missed it, now is your chance to participate from home or wherever you are.
Gunderson will discuss the founding of the California School of Fine Art’s groundbreaking photography program in the 1940s and the school’s post-war milieu of avant-garde experimentation. Students in the photography program enjoyed close relationships with their teachers, often staying in their homes and working side-by-side in the field, inspiring student Ira Latour to describe his early days in the program as “learning in the Grove of Akademus.”
For more information on this fascinating talk, see our website.
Jeff Gunderson has been the Librarian and Archivist at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1981. He has written about the history of California photography and the San Francisco art scene of the 1940s, and presented on artists Joan Brown, Elmer Bischoff, Ed Ruscha, Charles Howard, as well as the history of LGBTQ art in San Francisco, the history of Bay Area conceptual art, and the influence of art libraries on artists. He also wrote the introductory essay to Black Power/Flower Power: Photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. He is currently working on a collection of essays about open water swimming.
This talk is supported in part by a grant from the Stinson Bolinas Community Fund.
[Photo by Lee Blodgett, 1946. Taken on a CSFA field trip to Carmel to visit Edward Weston. Left to right: Ray Piercy, Philip Knight, Edward Weston, David Johnson, Minor White, Muriel Green.]