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Cocktails with a Curator | June 10, 17, 24

Digital Content | At Home

Gather your barware and join di Rosa Associate Curator Twyla Ruby for a spirited happy hour program.

 

For three Thursdays in June, a cocktail will be selected to pair with an artwork from the “Residence Rehang” section of The Incorrect Museum: Vignettes from the di Rosa Collection. Artwork and cocktail pairings, along with recipes for how to make them at home will be announced soon. 

Incorrect Previews: Explorations of Exhibition Vignettes with Kate Eilertsen & Twyla Ruby | At Home

Perspectives | At Home

Listen to Executive Director and Curator Kate Eilertsen and Curatorial Associate Twyla Ruby discuss the history of Northern California art through the context of the artwork represented in The Incorrect Museum: Vignettes from the di Rosa Collection

Each preview covers two vignettes:

Sweet Land of Funk / The Pot Palace

Dude Ranch Dada / Nut Art

The Museum of Conceptual Art /  Worlds in Collision

These programs are offered as part of di Rosa’s at home digital content.

The Incorrect Museum: Vignettes from the di Rosa Collection

Gallery 2

Welcome to the exhibition’s microsite

Scroll down to read the introductory wall text and click the icons below to enter vignettes.

“Come on out and let go/to return again while getting to know/that here the art invites a titter/from the free admitter/That here art is a healthy remedy/with a laugh at rascality not posing as ponderosity.” - Rene di Rosa

Rene di Rosa viewed his collection of more than 1600 objects, accumulated over five decades from the 1960s until his death in 2010, as a sort of “incorrect museum.” In 1997, when the preserve opened its doors to the public, di Rosa memorialized the occasion in verse, penning a “singalong for an incorrect museum” which was distributed to early visitors: “Come on out and let go/to return again while getting to know/that here the art invites a titter/from the free admitter/That here art is a healthy remedy/with a laugh at rascality not posing as ponderosity.”

di Rosa’s vision of an “incorrect museum” is a potent concept, especially today as museums across the world reassess their institutional histories, missions and values. What, exactly, made the di Rosa an “incorrect museum” in the eyes of its founder? 

di Rosa, along with many of the artists he collected, strictly opposed the aesthetic and social conventions of the mainstream art world, which he viewed as pretentious, sterile and fundamentally conservative.

Unlike major museums in New York and Los Angeles, di Rosa welcomed the public free of charge, reflecting a populist vision for the arts. Similarly, he rejected the bland art-speak peddled by gallerists and curators, eschewing the use of exhibition labels to cultivate a more immediate and personal exchange between artwork and viewer. 

Even the personal residence di Rosa shared with his wife Veronica was imbued with an “incorrect” spirit, with works installed ceiling-to-floor in a playful salon style. The entryway of The Incorrect Museum is installed similarly, as a tribute to di Rosa’s curatorial vision. In the main gallery, we present six vignettes exploring how di Rosa’s “incorrect” sensibility was informed by the Bay Area’s unique artistic milieu. As this exhibition shows, the ideal of “incorrectness” was a lodestone for generations of Bay Area artists.

The works in the collection had a distinctly “incorrect” flavor which tended, di Rosa wrote, to invoke a “curatorial frown” from cultural gatekeepers in large, international museums.

 

 The collection focused on Bay Area artists—like Bruce Conner, William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson and Roy De Forest, among others—whose work was too colorful, ungainly, humorous and irreverent to be easily interpreted or consumed by art world afficionados. di Rosa also supported local artists—including Peter Voulkos, Jim Melchert, Tom Marioni and Paul Kos—who blurred the line between art and life, creating conceptual works rooted in experience that were not easily bought or sold.

We invite you to celebrate the shared “rascality” of these artists. The art and artists of Northern California have too often been overlooked by critics and historians of twentieth century art.

Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director and Curator

Twyla Ruby, Curatorial Associate