Defying strict classification and transcending the limitations of any single genre, multimedia artist Bruce Conner is being celebrated in an extensive retrospective which opens this weekend at MoMA NY, before coming to the newly-opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this Fall (October 29, 2016–January 29, 2017), followed by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain in 2017.
Referencing the artist’s inimitable and ever-changing methods, the subtitle of the exhibition — IT’S ALL TRUE — was derived from a letter that the artist wrote to his friend and collaborator, Paula Kirkeby, in 2000, listing the many ways he had been characterized in the media (see a portion of the letter in the catalogue frontispiece pictured below).
Conner, who died in 2008 after having lived in the Bay Area for more than fifty years, is not only a seminal figure regionally, but also nationally and beyond. His avant-garde film work remains a touchstone in the international film scene, as well as across a spectrum of contemporary art. The exhibition at SFMOMA will be the most comprehensive view of Conner’s work to date and will include more than 300 works from all media. We are hometown proud to be co-publishing this extraordinary catalogue.
At the recent press preview in New York, MoMA director Glenn Lowry discussed the opening of this unprecedented exhibition with curators Stuart Comer and Laura Hoptman, captured in the video below.
Should you be in one of the three venue cities be sure to see the exhibit, and to get a copy of this impressive catalogue visit your local bookstore, or purchase online at SFMOMA, IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or UC Press (to save 30% on ucpress.edu, enter discount code 16M4197 at checkout).
You can also enter to win a copy in our Goodreads giveaway through July 7, 2016.