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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Bruce Conner at MoMA

Bruce Conner at MoMA

By: Charles Pryor

© Maya Wald

© Maya Wald

A complete collection and retrospective of postwar artist Bruce Conner is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art from now until October 2nd. The exhibition, Bruce Conner: It’s All True, contains over 250 pieces from over the course of 50 years, including his photography work. His black and white series, “Angels,” stands as one of these iconic works. The artist stood in front of large photo paper and exposed it to light, creating white silhouettes of his body against black backgrounds. The majority of work stands as a reflection of postwar American culture, with many of the compositions serving as a window into the nuclear anxieties and fears stemming from the Cold War. This can be clearly seen in photos such as “BOMBHEAD” and “CROSSROADS.” 

© Maya Wald

© Maya Wald

Conner is also known for his contributions to the experimental film world through his unique editing styles and trend-breaking subject matter. For example, he composed a short collage film titled “A Movie,” which uses bits of various found footage and splices them together. The result blends war and nuclear imagery alongside scenes of American consumerism and thrill-seeking.

For more information, see: https://www.moma.org/

© Maya Wald

© Maya Wald

Article © Charles Pryor

Images © Maya Wald

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