Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide features commentary by artist Jay DeFeo, Dana Miller, curator of the permanent collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, Leah Levy, Director, The Jay DeFeo Trust, Corey Keller, associate curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Greil Marcus, writer and critic, Ursula Cipa, and Fred Martin, friends of DeFeo.
NARRATOR: Welcome to this exhibition, Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective. DeFeo was an artist who painted, drew, took photographs, and experimented with her own imaginative combinations of media. She lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for her entire career. As a young woman, she was at the center of the action in Beat San Francisco. The Beat movement was largely literary, with poets like Allen Ginsberg and Laurence Ferlinghetti and novelist Jack Kerouac at the fore—and there was no one “Beat” style, especially in the visual arts. But DeFeo shared her peers’ exploratory spirit and a desire to push her art as far as it would go. For DeFeo, that spirit long outlasted the Beat moment.
This is the first retrospective to take a comprehensive look at DeFeo’s career. She’s been best known for one monumental painting, The Rose, that she worked on for almost eight years. Through the late 1970s and 1980s the painting was a kind of Bay Area legend—something rumored to be fantastic but never seen, hidden from sight behind a wall in a conference room in the San Francisco Art Institute. Until the work was conserved and then acquired and exhibited by the Whitney Museum in the mid-1990s, the myth of The Rose tended to overshadow all else. This exhibition aims to give the big picture of DeFeo’s career.
On this tour, you’ll hear from curators, personal friends of the artist, and archival recordings of DeFeo herself.
- 400 Introduction to Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective
- 401 Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Florence), 1952
- 401 2 Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Florence), 1952 — Level 2
- 402 Jay DeFeo, Untitled, c. 1953
- 403 Jay DeFeo, Untitled, c. 1953-55
- 404 Jay DeFeo, Landscape with Figure, 1955
- 404 2 Jay DeFeo, Landscape with Figure, 1955
- 405 Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Everest), from the Mountain series, 1955
- 405 2 Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Everest), from the Mountain series, 1955 — Level 2
- 406 Jay DeFeo, Blossom, 1958
- 408 Jay DeFeo, The Verónica, 1957
- 408 2 Jay DeFeo, The Verónica, 1957
- 409 Jay DeFeo, The Jewel, 1959
- 410 3 Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958–66 — Level 3
- 411 Jay DeFeo, After Image, 1970
- 412 Jay DeFeo, Tuxedo Junction, 1965/1974
- 413 Jay DeFeo, Crescent Bridge II, 1970–72
- 414 Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1973
- 415 Jay DeFeo, Untitled, from the Tripod series, 1976
- 416 Jay DeFeo, Masquerade in Black (Loop System No. 4), 1975
- 417 Jay DeFeo, Pend O’Reille No. 2, from the Eternal Triangle series, 1980
- 417 2 Jay DeFeo, Pend O’Reille No. 2, from the Eternal Triangle series, 1980 — Level 2
- 418 Jay DeFeo, Verdict No. 1, 1982
- 419 Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1987
- 420 Jay DeFeo, Seven Pillars of Wisdom No. 3, 1989
- 421 Jay DeFeo, Dove One, 1989
- 422 Jay DeFeo, White Water, 1989