David Park: A Retrospective is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the founder of Bay Area Figurative art. In the immediate postwar years, Park, like many avant-garde American artists, engaged with Abstract Expressionism and painted non-objectively. In a moment of passion, he made the radical decision to abandon nearly all of his abstract canvases at an East Bay dump.
“They don't make baseball players like Moe Berg anymore. Judging by Aviva Kempner's authoritative and engrossing documentary The Spy Behind Home Plate, they likely never did.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
The first Friday of each month, the Modern and Café Modern team up to bring you live music and drink specials in the museum's Grand Lobby from 5 to 8 pm. Invite friends to enjoy unique cocktail selections, and the opportunity to dine at the Modern by night. Café Modern offers a full menu in the dining room and lighter fare in the Grand Lobby until 8 pm.
A docent-led, twenty-minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 pm. Gallery admission is free on Friday.