Visionary lesbian painter Bernice Bing had a catalyzing effect on a group of people who came together after her death to remember and honor her life, and who remain connected.
There are so many dynamic facets of Bing’s life: A former student of CCA and SFAI, Bing studied with Sabro Hasegawa who introduced her to Zen and Chinese painting while being deeply influenced by her studies in Abstraction with Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliviera; Bing was part of the early Bay Area Ab Ex movement and prolific as a Beat Artist. She received early critical acclaim for her work with a 1963 and 1964 Artforum review and was among a number of young women during the 1950’s who would make up the first generation of post-war women artists in California. Bing was deeply devoted to the process of abstract art while being involved in community-based activism and administrative duties such as her role as the first Executive Director of SOMArts, and a founding member of the first Asian American women’s arts organization, AAWAA.
In an effort to keep Bing and her oeuvre alive in the present, please join us for an evening of historical musings and a critical re-framing of the life and times of Bernice Bing.
MODERATED BY Jennifer Banta
Moira Roth, Trefethen Chair of Art History, Mills College
Kim Anno, Chair, Professor of Painting/Drawing, CCA
Lenore Chinn, Painter
Flo Oy Wong, Mixed Media/Installation Artist
Alexa Young, executor of Bernice Bing estate
Monday, March 23rd, 7-9pm
Timken Lecture Hall
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th & Wisconsin St.)