Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck

Join us for a documentary and a post-screening Q&A with the artist David Beck,
award-winning filmmaker Olympia Stone, and music composer Bill Noertker.

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 2 p.m.

de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium, Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

Free Event. Reservations are recommended.

You may also email or call (415) 875-7212 with questions.

San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series brings today’s renowned authors, activists, artists, filmmakers, and thinkers together with students and the greater community.

A largely undiscovered genius, San Francisco-based artist David Beck is recognized as a genuine American original by an enthusiastic following of art collectors and curators. His pieces have been shown at the Met, the Guggenheim, and at some of the world’s most prominent galleries. Hailed as a modern Renaissance man, Beck is the only living artist to have had three solo exhibits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where his commissioned work "MVSEVM" is on permanent display. With meticulous craftsmanship, Beck creates minutely detailed and often humorous animals, people, and entire scenes that inspire profound wonder, delight, and awe. Beck is also a musician who records many of the sound effects for his works. Indifferent to current fashions, Beck combines modern, popular, and classical influences in a uniquely playful way.

Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck pulls back the curtain on this master sculptor, woodworker, painter, and miniature architect who works in a fantastical genre all his own, creating intricate worlds that are alive with magical and brilliant observations. This intimate perspective on Beck’s process captures the artist at work, covering the incubation of ideas to problem solving to the stamina it takes to create a masterwork. Film critics, curators, collectors, and friends offer insight into Becks career trajectory, creative style, and significance in the art world.

Olympia Stone is an award-winning independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. In April 2015, her documentary Curious Worlds premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC and is currently being screened widely, both nationally and internationally. Olympia’s previous film, about the artist James Grashow, "The Cardboard Bernini"(2012), charts the artist's exhilarating quest to create an intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain. The film won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013 and was an official selection at Santa Fe and 18 other festivals. Her first independent film The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit.


*Parking at the Event: Since the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is happening the same day. It would be easier to enter the park from the Fulton and 10th avenue entrance to the Music Concourse parking garage.

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