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© Renny Pritikin 2023. Courtesy of the author.

Please join us at 48 Walker Street to celebrate the launch of At Third and Mission: A Life Among Artists, a 150-page hardcover book with fifty photographs illustrating Renny Pritikin’s career between 1979 and 2018. The publication is part of an ongoing community project to document the Bay Area art scene of the era. Artists featured include Fred Tomaselli, Don Ed Hardy, Nancy Rubins, Mark Pauline, Barry McGee, Isabella Kirkland, David Hammons, Kathy Acker and many more. 

On this special occasion, we are delighted to host author Renny Pritikin and featured artist Fred Tomaselli in conversation beginning at 6 PM at 48 Walker Street. 

Renny Pritikin was chief curator at New Langton Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Pritikin is noted for expanding the range of visual culture shown in museums with such shows as The Art of Star Wars, The Hall of Fame Hall of Fame, and Bicycle Culture. He was the first curator to bring the work of developmentally disabled artists as contemporary art in a museum, as well as the work of incarcerated people and other grass roots amateur art making projects. Pritikin taught curatorial practice in the graduate program at California College for the Arts for over a decade. Pritikin gave a lecture tour in museums throughout New Zealand as a Fulbright scholar and in Japan as a guest of the State department and toured Israel as a winner of the Koret Israel Prize. He is the author of six books of poetry, and since retiring has been an art critic for and the US correspondent for Umbigo art magazine in Lisbon, Portugal. A native New Yorker, he received a Masters in interdisciplinary art from San Francisco State. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1971 and been married to Judy Moran for 46 years.

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This event is free and open to the public. Copies of At Third and Mission: A Life Among Artists will be available for purchase. 

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