Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints

September 5 – December 14, 2014

Amsden / Polk / Wilson Galleries

 

Bruce Conner (1933-2008) used printmaking to explore questions of authenticity, authorship, and permanence.  The Wichita native (born in McPherson) infamously shifted personas and attributed his artwork to celebrities and fake personas alike.  This exhibition is the first in-depth examination of Conner’s work as a printmaker in over a decade and feature rarely seen examples from the Conner Family Trust and private collections.  

Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints spans nearly 60 years of work, from the first etchings and lithographs that Conner made while still a young student in Kansas in 1944 to his last inkjet prints made with Photoshop at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California, in 2003. 

All of his important series of prints will be featured: the work with Tamarind Lithography Workshop in the mid-1960s; a selection from his disorienting series of maze-like lithographs; and all three volumes of “The Dennis Hopper One Man Show,” a series of etchings based on engraving collages. 

In addition, the exhibition will feature rare ephemera from the archives of the Conner Family Trust.  For example, photographic slides (strikingly similar to the black and white lithographs that he started making in the 1960s) that Conner used when he was part of a group that performed experimental light shows for bands like Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead. 

The Ulrich is also working with the Conner Family Trust to re-create an eight-foot long wall installation of offset lithographs that Conner created in the 1970s for San Francisco recording studio, Different Fur Studios.


Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints travels to the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, January 31 – May 9, 2015

Bruce Conner, Bombhead, 2002/1989. Pigment on RC photo and Somerset paper, acrylic, 32 x 25 in. Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA.Bruce Conner, The Dennis Hopper One Man Show, Vol. I: No. 1, 1970-73, Etching on paper, 13 � x 9 inches, Gift of Mr. William Nicholas Conner, Sr., Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU Foundation Art Collection.Bruce Conner, Tracery in the Sky, 2002. Archival pigmented inkjet, graphite on Somerset, 14 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CABruce Conner, Slide from light shows with the North American Ibis Alchemical Company, 1965-1966. Color slide, 2 x in. Image courtesy of the Conner Family Trust.

SUPPORTING EVENTS

For more information, visit ulrich.wichita.edu/events

SEPTEMBER

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 7–9 P.M.

FALL OPENING RECEPTION

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 8 P.M.–12 A.M.

EQUINOX LIGHT PARTY (WSU Students Only)
McKnight Outdoor Plaza (between McKnight West and the Ulrich)


OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL: BRUCE CONNER FILM SCREENINGS

The Art of Montage I
Short films by Bruce Conner

WSU ShiftSpace, 416 S. Commerce St.

Crossroads
A Film by Bruce Conner

The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 12–1 P.M.

BROWN BAG GALLERY TOUR

NOVEMBER

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

7:00 P.M. PANEL DISCUSSION;
8:00 P.M. FILM SCREENING
CREATIVERUSH 1ST TUE TALK &
BRUCE CONNER FILM SCREENING:
The Art of Montage II

210 McKnight West

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

6 P.M. RECEPTION;
6:30 P.M. PRESENTATION
ARTIST TALK: Will Brown
Elephant Graveyard

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

10:00 A.M. REFRESHMENTS; 10:30 PROGRAM
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: Jim Johnson

 


IMAGES:

Bruce Conner, Bombhead, 2002. Pigmented inkjet print on paper, 32 x 25 in. Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Bruce Conner, The Dennis Hopper One Man Show, Vol. 1: No. 1, 1970-1973. Etching on paper, 13 ¼ x 9 in. Gift of Mr. William Nicholas Conner, Sr., Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Collection of the WSU Foundation. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Bruce Conner, Tracery in the Sky, 2002. Archival pigmented inkjet, graphite on Somerset paper, 14 ¾ x 21 ½ in. Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Bruce Conner, Slide from light shows with the North American Ibis Alchemical Company, 1965-1966. Color slide, 2 x 2 in. Image courtesy of the Conner Family Trust. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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