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1958 Bill Morehouse, Folk Singers, Wiley, Hedrick, Sunglasses & Duchamp

Painting teacher, Bill Morehouse (on right) in Studio 13,  gives students an assignment to complete “at least 2 finished drawings of Folk Singers'' including “something in your drawings about what you SEE, FEEL, AND HEAR!!!”  In the foreground on the left is William T. Wiley, and in between him and the other folk guitarist you can make out the profile of Wally Hedrick…..and outfitted perfectly for the times is the student watching from the entrance, in sunglasses, Charlie Strong.  As a student in 1949, Morehouse had been working on a large non-objective painting when Marcel Duchamp visited the School.  Duchamp asked, “What are you doing there, young man?” to which Morehouse replied, “Frankly, I don’t know.”  Duchamp responded:  “Fine, fine, Keep up the good work.”

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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