Monday, July 25, 2022
click here). I ended up reading the whole thing because it captures a Bay Area art world that is literally disappearing with the closure of the San Francisco Art Institute and possible closure of Mills College in Oakland, the two art schools Villa attended at a wildly vibrant time in the late 50s/early 60s, with teachers like Diebenkorn and Bischoff and fellow students like Joan Brown and Robert Arneson. (Pictured above is Ritual, 1971.)
click here for their 360-degree tour). Newark's exhibit is a retrospective of Villa from his 1960s minimalist sculptures through his entire, eclectic career. San Francisco decided to break up this exhibit into three different installations at three different institutions and the result is scattershot. The Asian Art Museum features one confusing room of work from the 70s, and two blocks away the San Francisco Art Commission Main Gallery is displaying a confusing collection of work from the same period.
Monday, July 11, 2022
Sam Gnerr in a 2020 article for the Redondo Beach Daily Breeze: "After FDR’s death in 1945, the Potomac was returned to the Coast Guard, which then decommissioned it in May 1946. For the next 14 years, the state of Maryland used the boat as a fisheries industry enforcement vessel along its coastal areas. In 1960, the state of Maryland sold the Potomac to a private owner. The buyer moved it to the Caribbean, where it was used as a ship ferrying passengers between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The deteriorating Potomac’s next owner, the Hydro-Capital Co., acquired the ship in 1962. Its plan included renovating the ship at a cost of $500,000, then mounting it in the newly constructed King Harbor in Redondo Beach as a tourist attraction."
A 2017 SF Chronicle article by Bill Van Niekerken continues the story: “It looks like she died of old age,” said Lt. Cmdr. G. Ray Olsen. “Her hull is corroded and very rusty.” “I’d scrap her — the whole bottom’s rotten,” added Tim Hinkster, a Pacific DryDock employee. The Coast Guard wouldn’t be deterred, and raised the ship out of San Francisco Bay and again put it up for auction. No luck. Another try, and a drop in price, produced a taker, Walter Abernathy, a Port of Oakland executive. He was also the only suitor, and he bought the Potomac with a minimum bid of $15,000. Abernathy took some razzing, with his purchase called Wally’s Folly, but he remained optimistic. “I figured anything that attracted that much attention had to be valuable,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Let’s do it.’”
click here for the schedule). I was afraid we would be subjected to a loudspeaker historical narration, but instead the volunteer docents will give personal tours or just allow you to sip wine and absorb the vessel's atmosphere while looking at incredible views. This may be the best tourist activity in the San Francisco Bay Area.