Famous for his landmark nylon-shrouded assemblages from the 1950s and 1960s and as a leading independent post-war era filmmaker, Bruce Conner has explored painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, and printmaking throughout his remarkable 40-year career. This exhibition of nearly 150 works in all media, the first major survey of Conner’s art, highlights his lifelong engagement with the physical, metaphorical, and metaphysical properties of light and dark. Organized around Conner’s film work, this installation allows audiences to experience the originality and variety that have made him a major figure in the contemporary art scene.
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, October 9, 1999 – January 2, 2000
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, February 13 – April 23, 2000
- M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, May 20 – July 30, 2000
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 1, 2000 – January 14, 2001
2000 BC: The Bruce Conner Story Part II is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is jointly curated by Peter Boswell, former curator at the Walker and currently arts director at the American Academy in Rome, Walker film/video curator Bruce Jenkins, and Walker Associate Visual Arts Curator Joan Rothfuss.
2000 BC: The Bruce Conner Story Part II is made possible by generous support from Ann Hatch, Lannan Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ann and Barrie Birks, and the Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part by the Richard Florsheim Art Fund; Paula Z. Kirkeby; Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York; and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Restoration and preservation costs for BREAKAWAY provided by the American Film Institute Preservation Challenge Grant.