Discussion Questions: Bruce Conner’s LOOKING GLASS

Bruce Conner, LOOKING GLASS, 1964; mannequin arms, dried blowfish, painted wood, glass, shoe, cardboard, cut and pasted printed papers, paint, nylon stockings, fabric, jewelry, beads, string, doll's voice box, fur, artificial flowers, feathers, garter clip, tinsel, and metal on Masonite, 60 1/2 in. x 48 in. x 14 1/2 in. (153.67 cm x 121.92 cm x 36.83 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Gift of the Modern Art Council; © Estate of Bruce Conner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  1. What are some of the materials that you can identify in this work?
  2. How do you think this work was constructed/made? What do you see that makes you think that?
  3. Where do you think these materials might have come from?
  4. What associations come to mind when you think about the various materials?

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