BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE

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BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE is the first monographic museum exhibition in New York of the artist Bruce Conner, the first large survey of his work in 16 years, and the first comprehensive retrospective. The exhibition brings together over 250 objects in mediums including film and video, painting, assemblage, drawing, prints, photography, photograms, and performance.

BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE presents a lifetime of work by Conner (American, 1933–2008), one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century, whose transformative work defies straightforward categorization. An early practitioner of found-object assemblage and a pioneer of found-footage film, Conner was a singular member of both the underground film community and the flourishing San Francisco art world, achieving international standing early in his career. His work across a broad range of mediums touches pointedly on various themes of postwar American society, from the excesses of a burgeoning consumer culture to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. Conner’s diverse practice also anticipated the fluidity between mediums that is a hallmark of 21st-century art making. In addition to moving images and assemblages, he produced paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs, installations, and conceptual interventions.

The exhibition is organized by SFMOMA.

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, SFMOMA; Gary Garrels, The Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; with Rachel Federman, former Assistant Curator, Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA. Curatorial assistance for the presentation at MoMA was provided by Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA and Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

The organization of BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE at SFMOMA has been underwritten in part by the Henry Luce Foundation. 

The exhibition at MoMA is made possible by Hyundai Card.

 
Generous funding is provided by The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions and by The Walton Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

MoMA Audio+ is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.