Monday, March 9, 2009
This past Friday Sacramento lost an art luminary, though many of those who frequent 2nd Saturday may have no idea as to who I am referring. Chuck Miller, former director of the Michael Himovitz Gallery the namesake of Miller's late partner, was instrumental along with Himovitz, in establishing 2nd Saturday as the institutionalized monthly event we know now. I became fully aware of Himovitz and Miller's impact on our local community last summer while researching a piece on 2nd Sat for Midmo.
Last summer's interviews were a reaquaintance of sorts as I had actually interned for Chuck at the gallery's 10th Street location in 1995. Oddly enough I got the gig working there while waiting for the Amtrak at the Ferry Building in SF. It was super early in the morning and this young woman whose face I can no longer picture was also waiting for the train to Sac. We got to talking and she said she was about to finish up an internship at a gallery downtown and that when she left they would need a replacement. After getting back to Sac I paid the gallery a visit the following week and from there I proceeded to intern for the Himovitz through the summer and early fall of that year.
Chatting with Chuck about the past close to 30 years of Sacramento art history was educational. In total I spoke with him for over 4 hours and am thankful I recorded our interviews. Amongst my favorite memories Chuck conjured was the one about him and a colleague bringing Warhol to Sacramento in the 80s and taking him to a disco in West Sac that had a car on the dance floor. I've been meaning to investigate this club and find out where it was and I keep forgetting.
On our last visit Chuck gave me a copy of "About Looking" which has been sitting on my night stand ever since. Perhaps now's the time to crack into it...
Chuck's gentle, thoughtful, intelligent presence will be deeply missed. There will be a memorial for him this Wed at 5:30pm. If you would like more details drop me a line.
Posted by Liv Moe at 11:50 PM