Panel Discussion on Jay DeFeo’s Photography: ‘Catching Ideas in Process’

Date(s) - 11/18
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

360 Kansas St (Between 16th & 17th Streets)
San Francisco, CA

Join us on November 18 for a panel discussion on Jay DeFeo’s photography with Corey Keller, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Rayyane Tabet, moderated by Emily Markert.

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Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) was a key member of the Bay Area arts community during her four-decade career. Though best known for her painting ‘The Rose’, she worked across a variety of media, including drawing, collage, and photography, often creating works that defy singular categorization. Photography in particular enabled DeFeo to experiment with themes and forms she continually returned to in her practice. She also used the camera to capture her own process, resulting in a body of images that blur the line between documentation and art.

This event brings together important voices from the world of contemporary photography to discuss this lesser-known body of DeFeo’s work and the ways in which her highly experimental practice continues to resonate with photographers working today. The event also kicks off the celebration of the 30-Year Anniversary of The Jay DeFeo Foundation, located in Berkeley.

Panelists include Corey Keller, Curator of Photography at SFMOMA, and artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Rayyane Tabet. The online conversation is moderated by Emily Markert, a graduate student in the Curatorial Practice program at CCA and a Curatorial Fellow at the Wattis Institute.


This conversation is part of a series of programs focusing on Bay Area art history and celebrates the various artists, groups, and spaces that made the region’s art community what it is today and what it can be tomorrow.