Online Screening: Bruce Conner

AMERICA IS WAITING (1981): November 5–20, 2016
TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND (1977): December 3–18, 2016
VALSE TRISTE (1978): January 7–22, 2017

Black and white film strips

Bruce Conner, New York Film Festival poster, 1965; collection of Steven Fama. © 2016 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ben Blackwell

Films by Bruce Conner are currently on view in SFMOMA’s galleries as part of Bruce Conner: It’s All True, including works shown in their original celluloid format—16mm film—as well as two works that have recently been digitally restored. As an extension of the exhibition, which continues through January 22, 2017, we have created an additional screening venue here, featuring the three films selected for presentation below. These include AMERICA IS WAITING (1981), an example of Conner’s aesthetic of appropriation, and two works that are closer to what we might imagine to be “home movies” meditating on Conner’s upbringing in Kansas in the years before and after World War II: TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND (1977) and VALSE TRISTE (1978).

Bruce Conner: It’s All True

Realist. Surrealist. Hippie. Punk. Bruce Conner (1933–2008) was all of these and more. Bruce Conner: It’s All True is the first comprehensive retrospective of this pivotal American artist’s incredible output, bringing together over 250 objects in various media, including film and video, works on paper, assemblages, photographs and photograms, performance, and more.

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