75 Reasons to Live: John Zarobell on Bruce Conner’s LOOKING GLASS

SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Collections, Exhibitions, and Commissions John Zarobell gives a talk about Bruce Conner’s assemblage LOOKING GLASS from 1964. “Bruce Conner was against things,“ he says, considering how this “tawdry, shabby, and kind of grotesque“ work might hold up a mirror to the culture.Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? In January 2010, during SFMOMA’s three-day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks — 7.5 minutes or less! — on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it “manic splendor“ — and it was. You can view all of the talks on The Anniversary Show exhibition page. Or look for them here, on Open Space.

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