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Bruce Conner was born 1933 in McPherson, Kansas, USA. He lived and was based in San Francisco, California and was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene during the late 1950s. He became known for his assemblages (made between 1957–1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials before gaining international admiration for his innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933–2003). Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage, a revolutionary method during that time. Conner passed away in 2008 at the age of 74. In 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) organized his first comprehensive retrospective initially presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and travelled to SFMoMA and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.
About the Speakers
Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at SAIC, he was the Stanley Cavell Curator at the Harvard Film Archive and served many years as the Director of Film/Video at the Walker Art Center. Jenkins has written for arts journals including Artforum, Millennium Film Journal, and Mousse Magazine, major museum exhibition catalogues, and published books on Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Conner, and Hollis Frampton. Currently he is at work co-authoring the second volume of the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol, published by Whitney Museum of Art and Yale University Press.
Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects and curator of Bruce Conner: Out of Body. Since April 2016, she has curated at the Outpost Prelude: Carlos Amorales, Nazareno: Quiapo Constellations by Pawel Althamer, High Noon at Cagayan Garden by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and the upcoming solo exhibition of Filipino artist Cian Dayrit. She is also working with a number of international artists including Rana Begum (Bangladesh), Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sanchez (Spain), Tatzu Nishi (Japan) and Eddie Peake (UK) among many others for their art residencies with BAP in Bagac, Bataan. In addition, she is concurrently the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief