Panel Discussion

I Was a Factory: On the Materiality of Bruce Conner

Related Exhibition Bruce Conner, Part of Bruce Conner: I AM/I AM NOT

Friday, October 28, 2016
2 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Bruce Conner, CHILD, 1959, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Philip Johnson; © Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

This panel of conservators, curators, and scholars takes a multifaceted look at Bruce Conner’s work with a special focus on assemblage. Conner’s iconic assemblage works integrate text, found objects, and pop culture. Michelle Barger and Roger Griffith discuss the materials Conner used in his sculptural work; Anastasia Aukeman explores the assemblage practices of artists working in the late 1950s and 1960s; and Diedrich Diederichsen positions Conner’s work within the larger cultural framework of the time.


Anastasia Aukeman, scholar and author of Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association (2016)

Michelle Barger, head of conservation, SFMOMA

Diedrich Diederichsen, author, music journalist, and cultural critic

Roger Griffith, associate sculpture conservator, MoMA