Bruce Conner for Supervisor

November 29 – December 17, 2010 & January 3 – January 28, 2011

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Bruce Conner for Supervisor. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from November 29 – December 17, 2010 and resuming January 3 – January 28, 2011. 

In today’s era of political turmoil it’s refreshing to remember when politics were perhaps more sane, more rational, more inspirational, more honest and more genuine. Take San Francisco in 1967 for example, and the "Beat Artist" Bruce Conner’s run for a seat on the board of city supervisors.

For him [Bruce Conner] the campaign was more like a game. At that time there was no fee to run for supervisor in San Francisco. So it was free publicity. He got to give speeches to the public. He also got to publish at no cost in the booklet where the candidates listed their qualifications and positions. The speech he gave was a list of candies and desserts and I believe the one that went into the voter’s booklet was about light. He went through the Bible, probably the New Testament, picked out all the verses in which light was mentioned and that was his statement. Bruce voted in every election and was very critical of friends who didn’t vote. Even if his was the only "no" vote, it was important to let someone know that someone had protested. 

-- Jean Conner, Bruce Conner: Die 70er Jahre, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria, 2010

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