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It’s All True—and Twisted

Bruce Conner, the late San Francisco artist with a flair for the macabre, gets a retrospective at SFMOMA.

Child, 1960.


Nuclear destruction, sexual exploitation, and the macabre: They’re all on display in Bruce Conner: It’s All True, which is taking over the fourth floor of SFMOMA later this month (Oct. 29–Jan. 22).

The retrospective—co-curated with the New York MoMA, where it premiered earlier this year—is the first of its kind and size dedicated to Conner, the late San Francisco–based multimedia artist known for his often disturbing works in film, photography, and sculpture that spanned some 50 years and saw him carousing with everyone from the Beats to the punks.

Among the seminal pieces on display will be Child, the graphic assemblage of a mummified girl strapped to a child’s high chair (which premiered in San Francisco in 1960 and was only recently painstakingly restored), and A Movie, his groundbreaking avantgarde short collage film from 1958.

Originally published in the October issue of
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