CIRCA SIXTY: Bruce Conner & Jean Conner 1958 to 1964
November 11, 2011 – January 4, 2012
Bruce Conner moved to San Francisco in 1957. Conner’s childhood friend, the poet Michael McClure, had moved there in 1955 and urged Conner to join him on the West Coast. In San Francisco, artists and writers found a spiritual home as it became fertile ground for an explosion of aesthetic growth. By 1958, Bruce Conner had begun to create some of the most original, varied and important artwork of the second half of the 20th Century: collaged films, collage on paper, found-object assemblage, paintings, and drawings. Museum exhibitions have been dedicated to Conner and the Beat Movement in general, but CIRCA SIXTY: Bruce Conner 1958 to 1964 will focus on an exciting creative period with many works of art never publicly seen before now.