We were so very lucky to get to shoot some scenes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – so important to me because my father really was the director of the Oakland and then the Santa Barbara Museums and I wanted to get it right. As my father was in many ways a good modernist, it was especially meaningful to me that our actors got to “interact” with David Smith’s amazing “Cubi XXIII” sculpture, walk past an enormous and gorgeous Clyfford Still “1955-H” (crazily, the same year my parents got married), and even beautiful Phillip Guston and William DeKooning works can be seen. But perhaps the most meaningful is the scene where our characters approach David Park’s painting “Two Women” from 1957. My father knew David Park, wrote a book about him, and organized the first “Bay Area Figurative Show” which was the beginning of a movement that rejected the abstract expressionism you see in Clyfford Still’s painting for a more humble, prosaic, and quotidian subject matter of which Mr. Park was perhaps the leader. As the painting is from right when my father and he were working together, he had to have interacted with it, perhaps even seen Mr. Park work on it. So, you can imagine how slightly magical and just spiritually appropriate it was to shoot in front of this painting. In preparing this entry, I looked up my dad and David Park, and found some recordings of him talking about Mr. Park’s work – oh so spooky and strange to push the play button on that and hear his voice again. To be honest his voice sounds a little compressed or something, not quite like him, but that’s him for sure – very strange.
Here are a couple of videos of my father talking about Mr. Park and the Bay Area Figurative scene. What an articulate man my dad was.
And my father’s book on Mr. Park: The New Figurative Art of David Park.