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Bruce Conner papers, 1956-1975

Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008



Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; business records; teaching contracts; printed material, and material relating to Jay DeFeo.
REEL 1092: Correspondence with museums and galleries; papers related to museum and gallery business; income tax papers; teaching contracts; catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REEL 911: Working files relating primarily to Jay DeFeo's painting "The Rose," as well as her recent works. The files contain correspondence with DeFeo, and with Thomas Albright, George Neubert, Terry St. John, John Humphrey, Tony Rockwell, and Ed Janss. Also included are photographs of "The Rose" and DeFeo's "telephone series"; business material; and clippings.
REEL 2802: A letter to Alfred Frankenstein, Oct. 2, 1976, asking "Has Christo taken the role of criminal perpetrator of a 'Crime Against Nature'..." Frankenstein replies "How idiotic can you get?" and Conner responds at length.

Biographical/Historical Note

Printmaker and filmmaker; San Francisco, Calif.


Material on reel 911 lent for microfilming, 1975 and the remainder donated 1976 by Bruce Conner.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 911: Originals returned to Bruce Conner after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 911, 1092, and 2802 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Bruce Conner papers, 1956-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.