Movie in My Head: Bruce Conner and Beyond

Sep 16–30, 2016


Bruce Conner. A MOVIE. 16mm film (black and white, sound), 12 min. Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Accessions Committee Fund purchase), with the generous support of the New Art Trust. Courtesy Conner Family Trust. © 2016 Bruce Conner

In conjunction with BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, this series presents an open survey of Conner’s films alongside contemporaneous and later works that illustrate his relationships with his peers and his continuing influence. Each program begins with TEN SECOND FILM, Conner’s rejected trailer for the 1965 New York Film Festival, followed by a program of Conner’s films and related shorts.

Best known for a transgressive, pioneering use of found footage throughout his career, Conner was equally dedicated to the use of self-shot and self-edited film. His career serves as an index of American countercultural attitudes, from the psychic experiments of the Beats and hippies to the jaded appropriations of punk rock. This series, ranging from his earliest films to his final digital undertakings, reaffirms Conner’s stature as a continuously innovative filmmaker of transformative influence.

Organized in conjunction with BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE.

BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE is organized by The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and co-curated by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA; Laura Hoptman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA; Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Gary Garrels, The Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; with Rachel Federman, Assistant Curator, Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Organized by Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.


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