San Francisco, California
Prolific multimedia artist known for experimental films and scabrous installations and collages. Born in McPherson, Kan., Connor studied art at Wichita University, the University of Nebraska and Brooklyn Art School, moving to San Francisco in 1957 and becoming an active participant in the era’s thriving counterculture scene. In the ‘60s, he pioneered a particular brand of assemblage art, featuring debased materials such as scrap wood, nylon stockings and clippings from pornographic magazines. Playing with ideas of authorship and throughout his career, he declared himself "retired" in 1999, but continued to create detailed ink drawings under the name Emily Feather. A retrospective of Connor’s work, titled "2000: BC The Bruce Conner Story, Part II," toured national venues in 2000.