Happy 88th Birthday, Don!
August 6 is Don Seiden’s birthday, and this year he turned 88. There’s always someone somewhere quick to celebrate Don when given a chance. Recently, a filmmaker asked me to share some thoughts about Don’s impact on others, and this prompted me to search online for some of the films people have made about him over the years.
Here’s a link to a short video filmed several years ago by some students from DePaul University, for instance. The art on display in the video includes not only some of Don’s pieces but also his wife Jackie’s installations and many other works of art that were gifts from friends, students, and colleagues. (You’ll have to guess whose work is whose.) This video isn’t the same as spending Don’s birthday with him, of course, but especially near the the 3:48 mark, you’ll get a quick sense of his spirit and the way he has lived his life. Those comments remind me of beautiful hours of conversation with Don, which we tried to encapsulate in Art Works.
To enjoy more of Don’s work, you can purchase the 2nd edition of Art Works from this website’s “Order” page. A limited number of signed copies with original artwork by Don are available.
If you want to send Don birthday wishes, you can do so here. He’s not checking or responding to email much these days, but I promise to make sure he receives your note!