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ID: 500116235
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500116235

 
Record Type: Person
Conner, Bruce (American assemblage artist and filmmaker, 1933-2008)

Note: American artist active in San Francisco was first known for his assemblages made of discarded and seemingly decaying objects. He studied at Wichita University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he received a BFA 1956. He also studied at Brooklyn Art School, and the University of Colorado. He was a prolific filmmaker, and was a pioneer in the use of "found footage." Most of his films are constructed from images shot by others and cut to new soundtracks, including popular or underground music. His film "Crossroads" was made entirely with official footage shot of a hydrogen bomb test in the Bikini Atoll set to a soundtrack by Terry Riley. Many of his films are considered precursors to what would become the music video genre. In the 1960s, Conner began making highly detailed ink drawings, referred to as the Mandala Series. In the 1970s and 1980s, concurrent with his filmmaking, he would create two-dimensional collages from 18th and 19th century etchings. He created large-scale photograms of human figures, and a series of black and white photographs documenting underground music in San Francisco during the late 1970s. His later work often incorporated obsessively created inkblots on paper, made with an accordion fold technique.
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Names:
Conner, Bruce (preferred,V,index,LC)
Bruce Conner (V,display)
Conner, Bruce G. (V)
Bruce G. Conner (V)
Conner, Bruce Guldner (V)
Feather, Emily (VP)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
sculptor
assemblage artist
collagist
draftsman
mixed-media artist
filmmaker
photographer

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  McPherson (McPherson county, Kansas, United States) (inhabited place)
Died:  San Francisco (San Francisco county, California, United States) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   San Francisco (San Francisco county, California, United States) (inhabited place)
exhibition:   at the Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1997  New York City (New York state, United States) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
collaborated with ....  DeFeo, Jay  
................................  (American painter and photographer, 1929-1989) [500112022]
friend of ....  McClure, Michael  
................  (American poet, born 1932) [500352754]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Conner, Bruce (I)

Biographies:
(American assemblage artist and filmmaker, 1933-2008) ..... [VP Preferred]
(American artist, filmmaker, b.1933) ..... [BHA]
(artist) ..... [GRL]
(American artist, 20th cent.) ..... [WCP]
(American artist, b.1933) ..... [WCI]
(American artist, born 1933) ..... [WL-Courtauld]
(American sculptor, born 1933) ..... [CL-Courtauld]
(American sculptor, 1933-2008) ..... [Grove Art]
(artist) ..... [GRI Special Collections]
(American artist, 1933-2008) ..... [MoMA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Bruce Conner ........ [GRISC Preferred, GRL, MoMA Preferred, VP]
..........................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
..........................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
..........................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-) 2004M13; 2004M13
Bruce G. Conner ........ [VP, WL-Courtauld]
...............................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Conner, Bruce ........ [BHA Preferred, GRISC, GRL Preferred, Grove Art Preferred, MoMA, VP Preferred, WCP Preferred]
............................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
............................  GRI Library, author records (1998-)
............................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-) 2009M5
............................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
............................  Johnson, Bruce Conner, New York Times (2008)
............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) no 92000997
............................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) 92000997
............................  Whitney Biennial Exhibition (1997) 181
Conner, Bruce G. ........ [CL-Courtauld Preferred, WCI Preferred, WL-Courtauld Preferred]
.................................  Witt Computer Index database
.................................  Witt Library, Authority files
Conner, Bruce Guldner ........ [VP]
...........................................  Ask Art [online] (2003) Accessed 09/25/03
...........................................  Johnson, Bruce Conner, New York Times (2008)
Feather, Emily ........ [VP]
..............................  Artnet News [online] obit.

Subject: ........ [BHA, CL-Courtauld, Gallery Systems, GRISC, GRL, Grove Art, MoMA, VP, WCI, WCP, WL-Courtauld]
....................  Artnet News [online] obit.
....................  Ask Art [online] (2003) Accessed 09/25/03
....................  Baker, Bruce Conner, San Francisco Chronicle (2008)
....................  Emanuel, Contemporary Artists (1977)
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: no92000997
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  GRI Library, author records (1998-)
....................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  His Bruce Conner Sculpture ... 1965:
....................  Johnson, Bruce Conner, New York Times (2008)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: no92000997
....................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) 92000997
....................  Naylor, Contemporary Artists (1989) 1983
....................  Whitney Biennial Exhibition (1997) 132; 181
....................  Who's Who in American Art (1936-)
....................  Witt Computer Index database
....................  Witt Library, Authority files
 
Note:
English .......... [CL-Courtauld, VP, WL-Courtauld]
.......... Bénézit Dictionary of Artists: English Edition (2006) 3: 1308
.......... Grove Art Online (2008-) accessed 8 July 2008
.......... Johnson, Bruce Conner, New York Times (2008) obit.
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