Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Five Films by Bruce Conner

Film still of Bruce Conner's Crossroads, 1976

Join us on Saturday, October 7, at 4:00 pm, for a screening of five seminal films by legendary artist and avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Conner (1933-2008). Conner worked in a range of mediums, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and collages. He is best known for his work in found-object assemblages as well as filmmaking, in which he pioneered a quick-cut method of editing, incorporating footage from a variety of sources. The program includes two of his best-known and most influential works, A Movie (1958) and Crossroads (1976). This event is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

Bruce Conner Films:

  • A Movie (1958, US, 12 min., 16mm)
  • Cosmic Ray (1961, US, 4.5 min., 16mm)
  • Report (1963-67, US, 13 min., 16mm)
  • Marilyn Times Five (1973, US, 13 min., 16mm)
  • Crossroads (1976, US, US, 37 min., digital)

About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s new series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. Our series of six programs this fall features programs highlighting found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner (October 7), contemporary digital animation (October 26), short films in the Cubist film tradition (November 4), Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou (November 11), a feature-length exploration of the animated .gif (November 16), and the campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar (December 2).

Whole Grain is programmed by Museum Store and Publications Manager Sean Fuller and Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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