Bruce Conner. BREAKAWAY. 1966. 16mm film transferred to video (black and white, sound). © Bruce Conner 2016. Courtesy Conner Family Trust

Conner’s COSMIC RAY (1961), VIVIAN (1964), and BREAKAWAY (1966) are liberating studies of the female body in motion and influential examples of the appropriation of popular music in experimental cinema. They are paired with Gunvor Nelson’s Schmeergunz (1966), in which culturally dominant images of female bodies are contrasted with bodily functions, and The Golden Positions (1970), James Broughton’s ecstatic catalog of hippie-human forms. Conner was a juror at the First Erotic Film Festival in 1970, when Broughton’s film won first prize.

Program approx. 60 min.

Dara Birnbaum (American, b. 1946), one of the first artists to appropriate television imagery in the 1970s, will introduce the September 18 screening. Birnbaum also contributed to the publication BRUCE CONNER: IT'S ALL TRUE.

COSMIC RAY. 1961. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. 4.5 min.

16mm.

VIVIAN. 1964. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. 3 min.

16mm.

BREAKAWAY. 1966. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. 5 min.

16mm.

Schmeergunz. 1966. USA. Directed by Gunvor Nelson. 15 min.

16mm.

The Golden Positions. 1970. USA. Directed by James Broughton. 32 min.

16mm.

  1. Saturday, September 24, 2016,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Monday, September 19, 2016,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  3. Sunday, September 18, 2016,
    2:00 p.m.

    Introduced by artist Dara Birnbaum
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2