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Bruce Conner (American, b. 1933–July 7, 2008)


Medium 16mm film; black and white, sound; 5 min. Measurements No Measurements Credit National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant for the Acquisition of Films by Living American Film Makers, and Director's Discretionary Fund with Monies Given by the Women's Committee Accession Number 77.24.14 Location Not on View

Artist Bio

Working in a range of media and techniques including painting, filmmaking, collage, drawing, photography, and printmaking, as well as gestures, performance and other public activities, Bruce Conner's practice reflects an ongoing investigation into the self, the body, the construction of identity, and the power of images to shape perception. Continuing in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp, Conner's work also poses a consistent challenge to the notion of artistic authorship.

Bruce Conner graduated from Nebraska University in 1956 and from the University of Colorado in 1957. Conner's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues including Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2006, 2005, 2004, 1991, 1990); Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (2005); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004); Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas (all in 2000); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1999). In addition to being featured in the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006) and the 1997 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Conner has recently appeared in group exhibitions at venues including Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2003); Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Pairs (2002); and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (1997).

[extracted from acquisition proposal]