Selz developed close friendships with some of his generation’s most influential artists—including Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, and Christo. He also promoted local talent, like Nathan Olivera.
A passionate gardener and lover of nature, Carole served on the Berkeley Parks and Recreation Commission for over 20 years, beginning in the early 1980s.
Peter Selz, founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum, was astounded to see the paintings, most of which are by Sylvia Ludins.
We talk art, the role of art museums and what the future holds with the director and chief curator of the UC Berkeley-owned Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
The Berkeley Art Center has put on many provocative shows in its 50-year history but now faces challenges about how to pay for its building.
One book is written by Kamala Harris’ childhood best friend and explores how Berkeley shaped their Black consciousness.