Bruce Conner was born in Kansas in 1933. He received his BFA from Nebraska University in 1956 and went on to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and University of Colorado. He moved to San Francisco in 1957 with his wife Jean Sandstedt and quickly became a part of the Beat community, founding the Rat Bastard Protective Association. He first became known for his assemblage sculptures, but it was the short movies he made that established him as one of the most important figures in postwar independent filmmaking. He has exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, and is now part of many permanent collections including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Musee National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. He passed away in 2008.
Bruce Conner is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Bryan Leitgeb