The Beat and the Hip @West

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The Beat and the Hip: San Francisco Art from the 50s to the 70s

 San Francisco was a happening place at midcentury: big new ideas about music, poetry, life and love were all developing in what was then a small city. Art, of course, was also in flux, and some uniquely Bay Area artists and styles challenged New York’s dominance of the American art scene. Discover the work of David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, and more as we explore the art world of San Francisco’s Beatniks and Hippies.

Avril Angevine is an arts lecturer with a particular interest in modern, contemporary, and California art. She has spoken on many subjects at various locations in the Bay Area, including the OLLI programs at Cal State East Bay, Dominican College, San Francisco State, and the Fromm Institute. Avril has a BA in English and an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and taught English and Humanities at local colleges. She is also a museum guide at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a docent at the Oakland Museum of California.

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