The Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Arts (SECA) has an exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art every two years, showcasing the very best in local art. When I attended the SECA opening two years ago, I was blown away by the energy and caliber of the work. The exhibitors are selected from the extraordinary pool of talent in the Bay Area. After a comprehensive review process, including studio visits with approximately 30 artists, the winners are chosen by SFMOMA’s curatorial team, in conjunction with SECA members. It’s a thrill to see local art get on the walls of a major institution like the SFMOMA, so when I found out it was coming again, I cleared my calendar.
I attended the opening reception last Friday and got the chance to see the art shortly after it was hung, and I even got to talk to some of the artists. It all seemed so low key and exciting at the same time. The five artists showcased are very different in style, ranging from video to sculpture to large-scale, mixed medium paintings. One of the artists, Amy Franceschini, showed a conceptual piece about urban gardening that, if I’m not mistaken, she is launching for real with the help of SF Board of Supervisors President, Matt Gonzalez. I’m a believer, ready to plant the radish seeds I got as part of her installation. The photo above is by video artist Kota Ezawa.
Seeing the young energy on the walls of the MOMA is really worth your time, there are also some great lectures in tandem to the show that you can check out here.