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Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant on the Life and Art of her Father | Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, shares her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her father. Her lecture is introduced by Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator in Charge of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and co-curator of the exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 from June 22–September 29, 2013.

Jane Livingston: On Richard Diebenkorn

San Francisco Art Institute Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Jane Livingston speaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, March 14, 2017

The majority of works Richard Diebenkorn produced never left his possession, and many of these drawings and paintings on paper were never reproduced or seen until the publication of Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné (Yale University Press, 2016). Co-Editor Jane Livingston spent over a decade sequencing more than 5,000 of the artist’s unique works for the publication, including: sketches; drawings; paintings on paper, board, canvas; and sculptural objects, which she likens to “throwing a deck of cards into the air and trying to make sense of them.” Livingston presents approximately 200 of these paintings and drawings that remained private and hidden for years, from the bright and light to the humanist and existentialist—a surprising “underbelly” of Diebenkorn that reveals the anxiety and difficulty, not simply the joy, that the American artist encountered in his life and process.

The program was made possible by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

My Father: Richard Diebenkorn

Academy Art Museum

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, the daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn, shares her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her famous father. In this intimate and thoughtful discussion, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant reflects on his personality, career and the environment in which he produced his exceptional body of work.

Introduced by Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant spoke as part of the Kittredge/Wilson Speaker Series, while Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 was on view at the museum in Easton, Maryland from April 26–July 10, 2019.

Diebenkorn and the Aerial View feat. curator Emma Acker

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

A digital discussion with Emma Acker, Associate Curator of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, about Richard Diebenkorn’s use of aerial perspectives in many of the abstract and representational works he produced while living in Northern California as a way to express his visual, sensory, and emotional impressions of the unique climate and topography of the Bay Area—a landscape in which he was deeply rooted.

The discussion is moderated by Joyce Alcantara, Digital Engagement Coordinator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

David Park 7×7: An Online Evening of Insights and Memories


Virtual Event: David Park: 7×7

On January 14, 2021, the museum offered seven distinguished guests the virtual floor for seven minutes each to reflect on a work by the late David Park (1911–1960), the originator of Bay Area Figurative Art. Watch a recording of the event above to hear their insights, memories, and reflections.

Helen Park Bigelow, daughter of David Park; author of the memoir David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back
Nancy Boas, author of the biography David Park: A Painter’s Life
Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn
Corey Keller, curator of photography, SFMOMA; exhibition catalogue contributor
Francis Mill, artist; gallerist at Hackett Mill, representing the estate of David Park
Belinda Tate, executive director, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
Wayne Thiebaud, artist
Janet Bishop (moderator), Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; lead curator of David Park: A Retrospective

Organized by SFMOMA, David Park: A Retrospective was the first major museum exhibition of Park’s work in three decades. Further, it is the first to examine the full arc of the artist’s career — from his Social Realist efforts of the 1930s to his final works on paper in 1960 — with an emphasis on his lush, powerfully expressive canvases of the human experience from the 1950s.

Richard Diebenkorn | #Diebenkorn100 Special Talk

@DiebenkornFoundation and @VanDorenWaxter

On Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Instagram Live @vandorenwaxter, the artist’s daughter, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant and Daisy Murray Holman, Head of Archives at the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, discussed from the artist’s former home and studio in Healdsburg, California: the works on view at Van Doren Waxter and a new body of research developed by the foundation during the artist’s centennial year, #Diebenkorn100, that looks at rarely seen photographs taken by the artist between 1963 and 1987. The photographs reveal how the artist was “always looking, framing” and integrating his surroundings into his painting and drawing vocabulary.

Richard Diebenkorn | #Diebenkorn100 Special Talk with Emily Talbot

@DiebenkornFoundation and @NortonSimon

#Diebenkorn100 kicks off the first day of summer with Emily Talbot, Chief Curator of the Norton Simon Museum, and Katharine James, Head of Digital and Public Engagement at the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, in the sculpture garden at the Norton Simon on the occasion of the exhibition “Alternate Realities: Altoon, Diebenkorn, Lobdell, Woelffer,” continuing the year long celebration of Diebenkorn’s centennial celebrations with coast to coast installations from the Museum of Modern Art to the Phillips Collection to the Oakland Museum of California and special events for anyone, anywhere to enjoy.