His Eye Is on the Sparrow (2006)
A short experimental film culled from archival footage of the 1920s gospel group The Soul Stirrers and of R.H. Harris, the group's original lead singer.
His Eye is on the Sparrow (2006)
Looking for Mushrooms (1996)
Television Assassination (1995)
Valse Triste (1977)
Take the 5:10 to Dreamland (1976)
Marilyn Times Five (1968-1973)
Ten Second Film (1965)
Looking for Mushrooms (1961-1967)
A Movie (1958)
Known for assemblage, drawing, painting, collage, photographs and conceptual events, Bruce Conner turned in the late 1950s to short films made in a fast-paced collage style that established him as an important figure in postwar independent filmmaking. Considered to be the precursor of the music video genre, Conners work was among the first to use pop music for film sound tracks. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, a Ford Foundation Fellowships Grant and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His films and artwork are represented in the collections of major museums and archives in Europe and North America, including the Harvard Film Archives, la Cinémathèque Francaise, the Guggenheim Museum and the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris. A Movie, his first film, was selected for the U.S. National Film Registry at the Library of Congress; it is one of the few American experimental films deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically important. He has been a production and editing advisor to a number of producers and directors.
BFA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Brooklyn Museum of Art School
April, May, June 2008
Bruce Conner passed away at the beginning of July. The San Francisco International Film Festival offered the last screening of his work before his death, and showed his latest film, Easter Morning. Conner’s photographs from the late seventies San Francisco punk scene are exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive until August. Finally, Conner’s photographic series Angels is included in the 55th Carnegie International, on view through January.
October, November, December 2007
Bruce Conner’s His Eye is on the Sparrow was shown at the London Film Festival, in October, in the program "Past Imperfect." This evocative collage film draws from documentary footage shot several decades ago of the innovative gospel group The Soul Stirrers.
July, August, September 2007
Bruce Conner’s classic experimental short A Movie, a collage of violent imagery, was included in the Second Lives film program of the Documenta 12 Arts Festival in Kassel, Germany.