Symposium: David Park and the Bay Area Figurative Movement

Dates: Fri Mar 13, 20

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

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Join scholars, art aficionados, and special guests to learn about the Bay Area Figurative Movement: its participants (especially David Park) and its significant impact on American art. This symposium will also highlight emerging scholarship on this important art movement and its practitioners.

Janet Bishop is Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and curator of David Park: A Retrospective, on view at the KIA through March 15.

Francis Mill is an artist and co-owner of Hackett Mill gallery
in San Francisco, which is the exclusive representative of
the Estate of David Park.

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Included in your symposium fee is a talk and reception with Helen Park Bigelow, David Park's daughter and author of David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back (signed copies will be available for purchase.)


Eastbound and Down? From Bay Area to the Midwest with Marc Dombrosky, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and gallery director at Southwestern Michigan College.
From David Park to Disrupted Realism: the Continuing Influence of Bay Area Figuration with John Seed, a retired art professor, painter, writer, curator, and author of Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World.
David Park's Boston: Tracing the Figurative Turn with Kaitlin Thurlow, a Boston-based painter interested in the intersection of arts, literature and communication.
Robert Colescott and Bay Area Figuration with Matthew Weseley, an independent curator and art historian working on an academic monograph on the work of Robert Colescott.

Friday, March 13, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Fees include continental breakfast and lunch.

Click below to register online
$75 / $50 for KIA members / Students pay $25

For questions or more information, call (269) 349-7775, or email Director of Museum Education Michelle Stempien:

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