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Exhibition Detail
Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection
151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


January 16th, 2010 - May 23rd, 2010
 
BREAKAWAY (film still), Bruce ConnerBruce Conner, BREAKAWAY (film still),
1966, 16mm film, black-and-white, sound, 5 min.; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Courtesy Conner Family Trust
Violin Power (still), SteinaSteina, Violin Power (still),
1970-78, single-channel video with sound, 10 min.
© Steina. Collection SFMOMA, Camille W. and William S. Broadbent Fund
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In Bruce Conner's electric THREE SCREEN RAY (2006), a new acquisition premiering in this exhibition, Ray Charles's 1959 hit song "What'd I Say" is set to an ecstatic, frenzied collage — nude women, bomb explosions, fireworks — of original and preexisting imagery. A tour de force of experimental film techniques, the piece features Conner's manipulations of the film surface and his signature use of countdown leader. The work's central image is Conner's 1961 film COSMIC RAY, which he adapted to three screens in 1965 and later reedited to create this gallery installation of three video projections. A rotating series of "singles," or single-channel video works from the SFMOMA collection, is presented in an adjoining gallery.

Schedule of Featured Artists

January and February 2010: Cory Arcangel, Michael Bell-Smith, Bruce Conner, Pipilotti Rist, and Steina

March and April 2010: Dara Birnbaum, Klaus vom Bruch, Tony Cokes, Bruce Conner, and Christian Marclay

May 2010: Anne Colvin, Bruce Conner, John Davis, Kota Ezawa, and Anne McGuire; Conner's film MEA CULPA (1981) will also be featured instead of BREAKAWAY from May 1 to 23.



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