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Mills College Hosts Lecture on Former Professor
of Studio Art and Beat Generation Artist Jay DeFeo

Oakland, CA–October 23, 2012 Attention Bay Area art history aficionados: Mark your calendars for a lecture hosted by Mills College on the works of renowned Bay Area artist and former Mills Professor of Studio Art Jay DeFeo (1929-1989). The lecture follows the opening weekend of a three-month retrospective exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which features several pieces on loan from the Mills College Art Museum.

A professor of visual arts at Mills College in the 1980s, DeFeo’s work represents the rich tradition of fine arts at Mills. Also regarded as a central figure in the Bay Area Beat movement of the ’50s and ’60s, DeFeo is best known for her landmark painting The Rose, a nearly 2,000-pound masterpiece.

Noted author and cultural arts critic Greil Marcus will examine the astoundingly diverse range of work by this visionary artist and discuss why DeFeo’s unconventional approach to materials and her intensive physical methods make her a unique figure in postwar American art.

Marcus’ insightful knowledge of DeFeo is featured in the official catalogue for the exhibition, Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, which comes to the SFMOMA, November 3, 2012–February 3, 2013. He is the author of several books and the editor of A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard in 2009.

Presented by the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism, this event is free and open to the public.


Greil Marcus lecture: Jay DeFeo and All That Jazz
Monday, November 5, 2012
7:00 pm–9:00 pm*
Mills College Lisser Hall
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

*A reception will follow the lecture.


Last Updated: 10/24/12