For twenty five years, Steve Seid (Brooklyn, NY, 1948) was a Film and Video Curator at the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley. He organized over 1,000 programs of video art, film, and new media for the PFA’s public programs. He has taught video aesthetics and history courses at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the California College of Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Following on the preservation of videotapes from the National Center for Experiments in Television (1967-1975), Seid curated Videospace (2000), a gallery exhibition dedicated to the first TV Lab. He co-curated the first museum retrospective of Ant Farm, the ‘60s/’70s art collective and creators of Cadillac Ranch and Media Burn, which toured internationally. Radical Light, a fifty year history of moving image art from the San Francisco Bay Area, made its appearance in 2010 as both a co-edited book (UCPress) and a film/video exhibition that travelled throughout the U.S. In 2013, Seid worked with the Menil Museum to co-curate Silence, a gallery exhibition honoring John Cage’s 100th birthday. Soon to be released will be the restoration of Steven Arnold’s gender-defying Luminous Procuress, a 1971 feature-length film starring the Cockettes. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.
21 April 2017