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Steven Fama collection on Bruce Conner, circa 1960-2003.
BANC MSS 2008/236 Carton 1; BANC MSS 2008/236 v.1; BANC MSS 2008/236; BANC MSS 2008/236
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Steven Fama collection on Bruce Conner, circa 1960-2003


Fama, Steven., creator, Collector.


Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008


The Steven Fama Collection on Bruce Conner consists of three main subjects: interviews with Bruce Conner, transcripts of lectures given by Bruce Conner, and materials related to Conner's exhibition, "2000 BC, The Bruce Conner Story Part II." The collection also includes gallery exhibition announcements, several reproductions of Conner's artworks, and correspondence. Also included is a March 21, 1960 issue of TIME Magazine which features a lead article on Caryl Chessman who was the inspiration for Conner's controversial sculpture, "THE CHILD."


1960 (issued)


Conner, Bruce -- 1933-2008 -- Interviews
Conner, Bruce -- 1933-2008 -- Exhibitions
Conner, Bruce -- 1933-2008 -- Archives
Beats (Persons) -- Interviews
Artists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews


Steven Fama collection on Bruce Conner, BANC MSS 2008/236, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Steven Fama; in 2007.
Related collection: Bruce Conner papers (BANC MSS 2000/50 c).
Born in McPherson, Kansas, in 1933, Bruce Conner studied art at Wichita University and University of Nebraska, where he received a B.F.A. in 1956. He continued his studies at the Brooklyn Art School and the University of Colorado. In 1957, attracted by stories of a vibrant art and literary scene, he and his wife, Jean, moved to San Francisco. Conner subsequently became a key figure in the burgeoning Beat community, along with visual artists Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, and Jess, and poets Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, and Philip Lamantia. After sojourns in Mexico City and Brookline, Massachusetts, Conner resettled in San Francisco, where he continues to work today. Conner first attracted public attention in the 1950s with his nylon-shrouded assemblages and short movies that often incorporated found footage. Both the assemblages and films established him as one of the most important figures in postwar art. Throughout his career, Conner has mastered a variety of different media in the pursuit of his visionary images and ideas.
Steven Fama, a friend of Bruce Conner and fellow San Francisco resident, was gifted this collection of materials by the artist on March 10, 2003.
In English.



Physical Description:

1 carton, 1 v. (1.35 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 2008/236 Carton 1
BANC MSS 2008/236 v.1
BANC MSS 2008/236
BANC MSS 2008/236